Awahou South School building ; Whanganui Education Board; 1902; 77/186/1


Te Manawa


Awahou South School building

About this object

School building, complete with turn of the 20th century school room interior


Whanganui Education Board

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

Awahou South/Manawatu District/Manawatu-Wanganui Region/New Zealand

Medium and Materials

Wood, glass, corrugated iron


40.9 square metres

Subject and Association Description

Even though it has become part of Te Manawa 's collection, Awahou South School was orginally built by the Whanganui Education Board in 1902 and run as a real life school on and off until 1972!
It was closed when Awahou South School and Komako School were amalgamated on the Awahou North School site as Awahou.The Manawatū Museum Society saw this as an excitign opportunity and first approached the Whanganui Education Board about acquiring an example of a one-room school. Following negotiations with the Dept of Lands and Survey & Commissioner of Crown Lands, also fundraising and approaching people to dismantle and move the school, the school was dismantled in February 1977. The school building was moved onto the Manawatū Museum site on the 19th November 1977 and re-opened on the 25th Feb 1981 to the public. Today it is a nostalgic example of a fully furnished turn of the centruy class room.


Collection of Te Manawa Museums Trust

Credit Line

Donated by the Department of Lands and Survey

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ray.knight 29 Jul 2013 11:28 AM,UTC

Could you please let me know where the Awahou South School was exactly in Awahou South?
Also who do I find out about school records?
My date of birth is 4AUG44.
I would've gone to this school 1949, as Ray Cameron then, (I was adopted 1957 as Ray Knight, hence the name change.
I would have left there about 1951,52.
Much appreaciate your help.
Thanks, RayKnight, 46 Gemini Street, Tieri, Qld. 4709.

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