Mulligans Flat Schools
Soon after entering Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, you can see a sign to the left. Some detective work will reveal evidence of a building. Look out for Ranger guided activities at the Reserve and in the Sanctuary.
How to get there
From Yerrabi Ponds, return to Gundaroo Drive and turn left at the lights into Horse Park Drive. After 6.5 km turn right at Francis Forde Boulevard then left at the lights into Amy Ackman Street. Park in the designated car park for Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. The school site is immediately on your left.
From the Visitors Centre return north on Northbourne Avenue for 10kms. Turn left onto Horse Park Drive. After 6.5 km, turn right at Francis Forde Boulevard then left at the lights into Amy Ackman Street. Park in the designated car park for Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve.
Why is this interesting?
There were many schools in the Ginninderra District in the early days. The small population was scattered over a large area and it was necessary to minimise the distance children travelled because of bad roads and the absence of bridges over creeks. Even so, many had to walk or ride five or six kilometres to school.
There is not much to mark the Mulligans Flat Schools. The two rows of radiata pines, planted by pupils on Arbor Day 1920, remain. There is also a small mound of brick and stone where the chimney once stood. The first school on the site was a slab hut built in 1896. It was superseded by a bigger weatherboard building that was removed in 1933.