Mintaro, August 1867

[From a Correspondent.]
Mintaro, August 22.
We expect to have our road shortly finished, as the Surveyor has been up and passed the work as far as it has gone at present Mr. Macnamara (sic), the contractor, will soon finish the remainder. It would be a good job if as much could be said of the Police Station, which is getting on very slowly, while the want of it is felt more and more every day.
A short time since some of our young men, having no place to pass the long winter evenings excepting the public-house, started a music class, which, I am sorry to say, is likely to meet with an untimely end. They obtained permission from the Rev. Mr. Boake, the representative of the Bishop of Adelaide, in whom the property is vested, to use the schoolroom twice a week in the evening. About the same time some of our leading men formed themselves into a Committee to secure the services of a good schoolmaster. One of their first steps was to give notice to the music class to discontinue using the schoolroom — where they obtained the authority I cannot say — on the plea that the deed specified “that the schoolroom shall be used for scholastic purposes and divine service in connection with the Church of England only.” These gentlemen (although a Committee of Education) cannot understand that music is as much a part of education as reading and spelling.