Walking to school over a causeway

@JudyEv (166624)
Bunbury, Australia
August 11, 2019 4:52am CST
We visited the no-longer-existing settlement of Tenindewa yesterday. There is a tiny hall there which the community makes use of from time to time. Across a small salt lake behind the hall is a memorial to the one-room school that was there. The school had a chequered history and was often closed for want of sufficient pupils or lack of a teacher. To get to the school, a farmer had laid a causeway of stones. You can see it in the photo. At the site there are testimonials from children who were piggy-backed from time to time by older children. In case you don’t know the term, to piggy-back someone is to have them ride on your back.
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• United States
12 Aug
so many small settlements shut down o'er the years. i find 't quite sad, but no doubt a necessity. thanks fer the story 'f young'uns helpin' each other o'ver such. prolly a bit treacherous fer the wee'uns when flood waters came through.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
There were some nice testimonials on the walls of the little shelter and a few photos of the school-children from all those years ago.
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• United States
13 Aug
@JudyEv oh how wonderful they've that there! i hope that such's maintained fer the future generations to see. the lil red schoolhouse i tended, turned 'nto many thingies o'er the years. e'en a blue flea market/roadside farmers market. last time i 'twas'p that way - all 'twas gone. they'd put a strip mall 'n tons 'f concrete :(
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Aug
@crazyhorseladycx They do tend to try to keep the older buildings here now. There is more awareness of how important it is to keep at least some of the past alive.
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@DianneN (125331)
• United States
12 Aug
Piggyback rides are fun! It is sad when settlements have to disappear for whatever reason.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
Many of our smaller towns have virtually disappeared and others are hanging on by a whisker.
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@DianneN (125331)
• United States
15 Aug
@JudyEv . I don’t see much of that here.
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@rebelann (52195)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Aug
So there is nothing left other than the causeway?
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
They've erected a small shelter where the school-house used to me but that's about it.
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@rebelann (52195)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Aug
Well, at least it's something @JudyEv
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Aug
@rebelann There are some interpretive signs which are always interesting to read.
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@LadyDuck (235634)
• Switzerland
11 Aug
It was a difficult way to reach school and those older boys were really nice to have younger boys ride on their back.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
It was interesting to read the stories written by some who went to school there - how they had to walk rain, hail or shine. They weren't allowed to miss school except in really exceptional circumstances.
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@LadyDuck (235634)
• Switzerland
13 Aug
@JudyEv When you think that in our days kids complain for an inch of snow.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
@LadyDuck My sister rode a pony and my brother had a bike. They had to ride 4 miles to school.
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@DeborahDiane (27624)
• Laguna Woods, California
13 Aug
@JudyEv - What a wonderful glimpse into the Australian past! Today, they showed video on our news of kangaroos in Australia hopping through a snow covered field. Very cool!
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
Did they really? I think some parts of Australia are having their first snow for a number of years.
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Aug
@JudyEv - It was a very cool video. There must have been 40 or 50 kangaroos in it. I am not sure who took the video ... an Australian or a tourist. But, it was fun to watch.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Aug
@DeborahDiane We saw it today on FB. Vince called me to watch it.
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@JustBhem (59874)
• Davao, Philippines
11 Aug
Looks like an isolated place to me.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
Yes, it is very isolated now.
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@JustBhem (59874)
• Davao, Philippines
13 Aug
@JudyEv Looks creepy too.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Aug
@JustBhem It's not really creepy. It's probably that it's just something quite foreign to you.
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@Gillygirl (35923)
• Sutton, England
13 Aug
It looks a tranquil place and it's sad that such a settlement closed. I guess the causeway could be dangerous if it flooded
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
Yes, the rocks would have been slippery too.
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@Gillygirl (35923)
• Sutton, England
13 Aug
@JudyEv Amazing how they coped back then
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Aug
@Gillygirl Kids and adults were brought up tough back in those days.
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• China
11 Aug
It seems to be a place that is off the beaten track.Are there any schools over there now ?
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
There are schools within a relatively short distance. School buses now pick up the farm children and take them to the nearest schools.
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• China
14 Aug
@JudyEv It seems that great changes have taken place now over there.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Aug
@changjiangzhibin89 Better transportation has made a huge difference in these areas.
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@moffittjc (58240)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Aug
Piggyback rides are awesome! Well, for the person who is riding on the back! lol Being a big strong guy, I am usually the one carrying the person on my back!
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
They were fun that's for sure. And the strong guys were always needed.
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@Susan2015 (25458)
• United States
11 Aug
That does not look like a fun walk at all.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
It must have ruined their shoes from time to time.
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@snowy22315 (72241)
• United States
11 Aug
What a mess,,we use the term piggy back here too.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
I thought piggy back was probably quite common but you never can tell.
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@DocAndersen (6665)
11 Aug
that is an interesting story. I am always curious about why schools stop being schools (i was a teacher many years ago).
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
In this case, they ran out of pupils. Some districts would ask parents to start children before they were really old enough, just to keep the school open. Sometimes a teacher wasn't available and I guess as transport improved and school-buses became more common, less schools were needed.
@wolfgirl569 (19939)
• Marion, Ohio
11 Aug
That walk would make me skip school
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
Skipping wasn't an option in those days unless there were exceptional circumstances.
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@crossbones27 (26476)
• Redlands, California
11 Aug
That is crazy, looks like some tough terrain to navigate. Amazing what we complain about now.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
It was just a bit rough although for much of the year there would have been water lying over most of it.
@JohnRoberts (87781)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Aug
What a long desolate walk.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
Do you think so? I guess it looks that way but it was the norm for many children in these more remote areas.
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@owlwings (41430)
• Cambridge, England
11 Aug
Amazingly, for such a small and, as you put it, "no-longer-existing" settlement, it has it's own website with a history, people, places and events! Presumably, there is still something there, since you visited it and remark that the community make use of the hall from time to time. I found the history quite interesting and I wished that I had more time to explore the website!
History and stories of this small WA farming community
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
Oh wow! How about that? There is the tiny hall and the notice there says it's made good use of then, at a short distance is the shelter commemorating the school. It used to be a well-used railway siding with graziers bringing sheep and cattle to the holding yards then trucking them (by train) to markets further south. This is the steel cut-out which stands at the old siding. There are actually two cut-outs at this site.
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@yanzalong (15131)
• Indonesia
11 Aug
In villages, usually parents piggy back their children when they go to markets.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
It's always fun for the children to have a piggy back. I used to enjoy it too.
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@MALUSE (52880)
• Germany
11 Aug
For how long did the children have to walk? How long is this causeway?
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
The causeway would be about 300 metres from the little shop and most would have walked from there. So I guess it wasn't that far but they were expected to go whatever the weather. If numbers dropped too often, the government would have shut the school down.