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Innisfail First School Site
Innisfail First School Site

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / John Huth
The plaque erected at the site of the first school in Innisfail commemorates 100 years of education in the Johnstone Shire.  The town was originally called Geraldton and its name was changed to Innisfail in 1910.


Address:Bruce Highway & Ernest Street, ANZAC Memorial Park, Innisfail, 4860
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.523889
Long: 146.027778
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 4th July, 1987
Front Inscription

Geraldton State School 

On this site stoode the original school

The school opened on the 1st July, 1887 with an enrolment of 15 boys and 13 girls.  Mr Thomas Edward White was appointed the first Headmaster.

The School was moved to the Emily Street site of the 21st January 1908 and renamed Innisfail State School on the 8th April, 1913.

The plaque was erected by the Innisfail State School Centenary Committee to commemorate 100 years of educational facilities in the Shire of Johnstone

R K Ramsay (Chairman)       4th July, 1987

Source: MA
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