The school advertises for pupils in 1890

Miss Holmes-Orr advertises that the school has a covered bus – presumably a horse-drawn wagon – to transport the girls to and from St Mary’s College. It seems to have the desired effect as pupil numbers grow.

The newspaper also advertises happenings at the Wanderers and the Theatre Royal. The English obsession with sport and theatre is to play itself out at St Mary’s College too. Miss Holmes-Orr and her sister, Emma, who joins her at the school, are involved in playing in, or catering for cricket matches. The advertisements for doctors, wagon wood, ironmongery, paints and oils and bedsteads tell their own story of a burgeoning mining town.


St Mary’s College advertises in The Star

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Advertisement in The Star