Warrnambool is a small country town on the Shipwreck Coast. Technically, it’s not a part of the Great Ocean Road, but for me it always has been.
Here in Warrnambool, local people created a Maritime Village museum dedicated to the bleak Victorian history. I found this museum to be very interesting with lots of exciting old items belonging to the 18th and 19th centuries. Staff at the village managed to restore them to their original condition.
The old buildings
Lots of Shops
Pub, of course.
The first impression was so real, like I came back in time two hundred years. This woman totally belongs here.
Even her underwear is “pre-historic”.
I really really want this bonnet. I can just imagine myself opening a door to my office and the look on the faces of my colleagues….Priceless.
But today I want to concentrate on one part of the exhibition – the old school. This is quite an ordinary building, but it’s the inside that’s very interesting.
Everything inside is real. How they got all this stuff in one place and in such a good condition is beyond me.
Just one big room with different sizes of desks and benches for kids of all ages. (Posters on the walls are recent).
For some unknown reason that teacher looks very familiar.
A few displays with shells and sea creatures, as well as a board with different knots.
Considering that the main business in this village was fishing, it’s quite understandable why kids had to lean how to tie knots.
Oh, look, the same teacher again. And behind her there is a large bookshelf. The doors were kept locked. Obviously, the books were rare and expensive in the past.
This is a very old poster called The Story Of Captain Cook. It looks very old and damaged. It was probably recovered from one of the shipwrecks.
And here is the best part of the whole exhibition.
Rules For Teachers and Student Behavior At School.
Please, please, please. Spare some time and actually read this. I promise, you will be shocked and amused.
The best for the last. This is a masterpiece. I recommend memorising that, so you can use some of the phrases as pick-up lines, for example. Or just simply compare and appreciate our life and freedom now.
“Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.”
“After ten hours at school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.”
“Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.”