Take a peek at Tawa's sale of the century

ALEX FENSOME
Last updated 05:00 25/03/2014
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HISTORICAL BUILDING: One of the oldest buildings in Tawa, the 1859 first schoolhouse, is for sale.

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One of Tawa's oldest buildings - built more than 150 years ago - is for sale.

The original Tawa Flat schoolhouse, now on Oxford St, dates from 1859.

When it was built, Tawa was a rural village outside Wellington, surrounded by bush and a handful of paddocks. These days it sits in the middle of a suburban street.

The land for the school was gifted in 1859 by farmer Thomas Bartlett.

Built for £90, the school officially opened in January 1860.

Children were taught in the front room, while the teacher lived in the back.

Three desks in the 15 square metre classroom housed 44 pupils by 1868.

The building's days as a school would not last long. By 1878 Tawa had grown too big; a new house was built for the teacher and the whole building turned into classrooms.

By the next year, a new school was to be built.

Tawa Historical Society chairman Bruce Murray said the settlement had only been going for about a decade when the school started.

For the next 136 years the old school has been a three-bedroom family home.

It now has a rateable value of $310,000.

Cambridge couple Grant and Margaret Walker, who have decided to sell, renovated it after the death of Mr Walker's father Vernon.

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