More than 100 adults and children gathered at the site of the old Hamilton Burn School to unveil a memorial plaque yesterday.
The school, which opened in 1899 and was the first in Mossburn, closed in 1938.
The plaque, set in a rock, was unveiled by 87-year-old Elsie Chewings, who was a pupil at the school when it closed.
Southland District councillor John Douglas helped organise the event after being asked by two former pupils.
"She (Mrs Chewings) was thrilled to be able to mark that," Mr Douglas said.
Five other former pupils - Mick Carran, Frances Spencer, Dorrie Rutland, Margaret McCallum and Irene Thompson, also attended, alongside children from Mossburn School.
Mossburn School pupil Ashlee Turner, rang the old school bell as part of the ceremony.
The six former pupils pressed their hands into the wet concrete around the rock, followed by the would-have-been pupils from Mossburn.
Mr Douglas said it was important to mark the history of the region and without a memorial the site would have been lost to history.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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