Richlands State School – 75 years (1934- 2009) Vicki Mynott (2009)
Richlands State School opened as a one-teacher school with just 26 pupils during the Great Depression, and was the focus of the local community for 76 years.
Many immigrant children meant that language and cultural differences were a significant element of the Richlands State School mix. The school was never rich and for many years was deemed a Disadvantaged School, attracting extra funding.
In the early 1950s, Richlands struggled to accommodate the rush of children from the new Inala settlement. The enrolment peaked in 1966 with over 800 and then from the 1970s it reverted to a small school.
Numbers of students, teachers and parents provided fond memories for this tribute to Richlands State School. However, 75th Anniversary celebration plans were sobered by the knowledge that the school was to be closed in 2010.