Old schools transformed
THE children's laughter is only a memory now, as former schools in the area are renovated as new businesses or private dwellings.
The old Possum Creek Public School building was reborn as Liliana's Cafe, which opened today to the public at 471 Friday Hut Rd.
Possum Creek School was closed in 1963 and converted into a private dwelling, with rooms and extension was added.
The resemblance to the original building was removed so "we have reversed that and brought it back to the original as much as we could", commented Greg Clarke, its current owner.
"We have now the single classroom back, the cloak room and the ceiling. We also removed the old NSW Education green carpet and polished the 102 year-old floorboards".
Another example is the old Numulgi School building, currently a private dwelling and in the market for sale.
Located at 2 Duncan Road, Numulgi, the 2-acre property still features the old class room as the lounge room.
The current owner has kept a lot of the school history with the centenary wall, and has made good use out of the old basketball wall by turning into a carport.