Napperby Child Parent Centre

Napperby Child Parent Centre
Oaks Road NAPPERBY . Phone: 08 8634 4309

Napperby Primary School

Napperby Primary School
Oaks Road NAPPERBY . Phone: 08 8634 4309

Back in the hills east of Port Pirie, Napperby's main road is called Scenic Drive. Looking out over Port Pirie and Spencer Gulf it is lined with 20 acre titles originally created as Working Men's blocks and divided from the earlier droving route referred to below. The town has a beautiful primary school, a phone box, and is adjacent to the magnificent Nelshaby and Telowie Gorges.


21st March 1881

The inhabitants of the neighbourhood of Napperby have (writes our correspondent) been duly apprised of the decision of the Surveyor-General declining to advise the Government to do more than has already been done with regard to the dams ; and one of the more energetic (Mr. H. J. Beck) has actually canvassed the inhabitants all round within a radius of two or three miles, with a view of ascertaining what amount of assistance is procurable to carry out the intention to have the dam cleaned out.

At a meeting of those more immediately interested, held on Monday night, March 14, he stated that a sum of only £7 10s. had been promised towards the end in view, and produced a list of about a dozen signatures of persons willing to assist in the labour.
The meeting declared the proffered aid altogether inadequate, and passed a resolution declaratory of their opinion that, notwithstanding the disclaimer of the Surveyor-General, the Government ought to undertake the work. They based their opinion upon the fact that the dam is situated on the great cattle track from the North, leading down to the South Australian metropolis, and that shepherds and cattle drovers have always had the free use of it; and that, therefore, the levy of a charge upon them for water could be fairly and legitimately resisted.

It was decided, therefore, that the Surveyor-General should, on those grounds, be asked to reconsider the matter; and that it should be represented to him that it was not at all probable the work of cleaning out the filthy mud would be executed by the inhabitants, and that consequently a serious risk was being run of a direful spread of disease amongst stock of all kinds throughout the colony.

Mr. James Ward said he could not allow the meeting to disperse without calling attention to another grievance from which Napperby suffered, viz , the confusion caused by the railway authorities having erected a board with the words 'Napperby Station' on it, at Warnertown, a place formerly known as the "Government Dam."

He stated that while he was the Napperby Postmaster, prior to August 31 last, he was inconceivably annoyed by the detention of his own and other people's letters at Warnertown, and he had hoped that his successor in office would have taken steps to have the evil remedied. And, although to his knowledge such steps had been taken, so far from their having been effectual, a new board had quite recently been put up at the Warnertown Station bearing the same designation.

Discussion ensued on this matter, and several of those interested declared there was need of another meeting, which it was to be hoped would be much better attended ; for, besides the dam-cleaning question and the usurpation by Warnertown of the name of " Napperby " there was the question of the unfulfilled promises of the Hon. Minister of Education with respect to the erection of a new schoolroom and teacher's residence.

Six months ago Mr. John Darling had intimated that the Hon. Minister had promised that a new establishment would be completed by the month of November, 1880. But November had passed, and we were now well on in March, 1881, and still no word of a school.

Mr. Clark and others were vehemently urgent in the matter, being of opinion that the school should stand on its own merits, and not be in any way connected with a denominational meeting-house, as was at present the case.

Mr. Beck called attention to the fact that there was no proper place of residence for the schoolmaster, and expressed surprise that there was no water closet accommodation. The want of a sewing mistress, too, seriously affected the numerical strength of the school master's roll. The rule was not to appoint a sewing mistress until a permanent average attendance of thirty could be shown. But he had reason to believe that such a number would not actually turn up till the appointment in question was made.