By NATALIE GALLENTI-BREKALO
HISTORY buffs are being invited to enjoy a free open day at the old Laverton School in Altona Meadows to view one of the last remaining single-room school houses in the Melbourne metropolitan area.
The school, situated at the corner of Cameron Ave and Kiora St, was built in 1888 and operated until 1951.
Taking place to coincide with the National Trust Heritage Festival, the open day is on Saturday 3 May, with entertainment including storytelling, music and silent movies.
The Sounds of Silent will be recreating the silent movie era with a free improvised performance, featuring popular music in the style of the period. The performance will also recall the school’s early days when a man in a horse and cart used to arrive and project silent movies on a wall for the township of Laverton’s entertainment.
Author Jackie Kerin will spin some tales with a heritage flavour. The short story writer and author of several award-winning picture books for children will wow audiences with the traditional art of the spoken story.
Scones will be served at the conclusion of the free performance as was done by the Red Cross Society at the school for war fund-raising efforts.
The building currently operates as a community and arts facility available for hire to casual and long term tenants.
For more information, contact Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org