TADITION: Karen Ann Laundry, nee Laban, and her siblings were third generation students at Granville State School. Karen, pictured on the right holding the slate, attended the school from 1960-66.
TADITION: Karen Ann Laundry, nee Laban, and her siblings were third generation students at Granville State School. Karen, pictured on the right holding the slate, attended the school from 1960-66. contributed

Fifth generation of family starts at Granville school

FIVE generations attending the one school is not something you see every day.

Firmly established in Granville, the Vaughan family generations span from 1895-2017.

This year, little preppy Tayla Ann Young will be the fifth generation to attend Granville State School.

Tayla's grandmother said it was her grandfather who started the ball rolling.

"My grandfather, which is Taylor's great-great- grandfather, started the ball rolling and enrolled in 1895," Karen Landry said.

Edgar James Vaughan was born in 1890.

"He had the first six years at school, then his father passed away when he was 11 so he left school and went to work," Karen said.

"He was the oldest boy in the family and went to work at Steindl's Brewery, which is where the Granville hockey fields are now.

"His siblings all went to Maryborough East State School, which is now Granville State School."

In 1874, the residents of Granville decided they needed a school, so the had a meeting and, the following year, the school opened as Maryborough East.

Still named Maryborough East, Karen's mother Clarice Lillian Laban ( nee Vaughan) attended the school from 1932-1938.

Clarice was born in Maryborough and grew up in Granville.

Clarice's grandparents came over on the boat from Kent, in England, and Karen believes Edgar was born in Granville.

"I have lived here all my life and still live across the road from the family homestead," Clarice said.

 

Fourth generation Granville State School student Kate Anna Young, nee Harvey, attended the school from 1991-97. Kay Francis who is still a teacher at the school taught Kate and her brother Brock. Kate is pictured far right front row.
Fourth generation Granville State School student Kate Anna Young, nee Harvey, attended the school from 1991-97. Kay Francis who is still a teacher at the school taught Kate and her brother Brock. Kate is pictured far right front row. contributed

Back when Clarice attended the school there was only one building.

"My very word, the school has grown," she said.

"Mum was a tennis star and then went to school in 1932 and all her siblings went there," Karen said.

"All my siblings went there from - my eldest sister started in 1958 and I started in 1960 - so all us five children went.

"Our principal was Neville Searle and, even went I went to school, there was still the original building and the principal's house.

"When I was still at the school they started building the second building - B block they call it now.

"We just had the original seven rooms upstairs with the headmaster's room and office and then downstairs where the school nurse used to come.

"Mum has 12 grandchildren and seven went to the school."

Karen said she also grew up in Granville and lived there all her life.

"We have always been very family orientated," Karen said.

"Mum always lived close to her family and there was land close by and we all got married and bought land and built our homes there so our kids then went to the Granville school.

"The family home is still there across the road from where Mum and Dad built their home - it is still standing and people living in it.

"I remember my grandfather talked about the Aboriginal humpies and how they lived at the back of their house.

"It is really wonderful when you look back."

Tayla is the first of the fifth generation to attend the school.

And Tayla's dad, Shane, also lived in Granville and he and his brother also went to the school.

Karen said it was a wonderful school - always had been.

"Leon, the current school principal, his father, Jack McKay was my Grade 7 teacher and Kay Francis, who is still at the school, taught Kate (Tayla's mum) and her brother, Brock.

"Kate and Shane live out at the Meadows but Tayla is still attending the school."

Kate said Tayla loved the school.

"The school is very community minded," Kate said.

"Our family has met a lot of great people at fundraisers and got on committees."

All the Labans then went to Maryborough State High School.

"It's pretty amazing and very special," Karen said.


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