What happened to the trees on the western side of Dulong State School, planted as a windbreak in 1952 – cleared by quarry operators?

Dulong School’s First Arbor Day

Fifty pine trees were planted at the Dulong School’s Arbor Day ceremony on Friday last [2 May 1952].

The school was re-opened about six weeks ago after being closed for many years. At luncheon, Mr. H. Brown (president of the School Committee) extended a welcome to all present, including Mr. D. A. Low, M.L.A. and Mrs. Low. Mr. A. Thompson (chairman Shire Council) and Miss M. Zupp (head teacher).

Mr. Brown thanked Mr. Low for his successful efforts on behalf of the residents in having the Dulong school re-opened. It was now the responsibility of the parents to see that it was kept open by sending their children regularly, and thus keep the attendance up to the required number.

In his remarks, Mr. Low stressed the importance of district educational facilities which offered an opportunity for the children and the parents to develop to the full that community spirit which was so necessary in small country centres.

Mr. Thompson also thanked the president for his kind words of welcome and expressed pleasure at being present on such an important occasion. He wished the school every success in the future.

Mr. R. Cordwell (secretary of the School Committee) said’ the function was a memorable day so far as the Dulong district was concerned. Mr. Cordwell congratulated Miss M. Zupp (head teacher) for the interest she has taken in the children and the manner in which she is conducting the school.

The trees will eventually serve as a windbreak on the western, side of the school. Mrs. D. A. Low planted the first tree.

During the morning games were enjoyed by the children, and in the afternoon ice-cream, sweets and soft drinks were distributed.

Photo from 2015 at the Dulong Quarry, site of Dulong State School, although the landscape has changed significantly; and 1960s section of a map showing the location of Dulong State School.

1952 ‘Dulong School’s First Arbor Day’, Nambour Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser (Qld. : 1922 – 1954), 9 May, p. 5. , viewed 06 Sep 2017, <>.

A small article in The Nambour Chronicle, easily missed by many

School to close
Mr. D. A. Low, M.L.A., Member for Cooroora, has been officially advised by Mr. G. Murphy, Director-General of Education that on account of no attendance, the State School at Dulong will be closed as from August 27.

The Nambour Chronicle, Tuesday 22 August 1967, page 7.
Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Libraries

Dulong School: A Search For Forgotten Heritage

2017 Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Closing of Dulong State School

Here’s how you can help!

To commemorate the contribution the school played in uniting the community and shaping young people, Dulong Futures is searching for forgotten stories, photos, and memorabilia.

Full story, click here

Dulong-Kureelpa School of Arts
4 Thrushs Road, Dulong
Celebrating the 110th Anniversary of the opening of the School of Arts in November 2016.

With music …

Posted by Dulong Futures on Saturday, 26 November 2016

Birth of Our First ‘National Park Style’ Walkway
Dulong School Road to Bushland Place (480m)
Rewind to September 2015 when we received the Council response to our objections to stage 2 of the Platypus Creek development.  
Instead of a road, a dotted line appeared on the map, ‘Platypus Creek Road Pedestrian Link’.  
It’s interesting to study the map and recognise the amount of changes that have taken place since August 2015, (development, loss of Macadamia Orchards etc).  
Missing on all development plans, public space and pedestrian links, to create a joined together community.