School lights reinstated

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Ceiling of 1910 room showing lights, fan and gas vent.

Last week the 1970s fluorescent lights in the museum’s 1910 room were replaced with twelve beautiful original school lights. This has been a project on the museum’s wish list for many years. Also installed were two heritage style fans centrally mounted in each room and next week the hall lights are to be replaced. 

When these rooms were built in 1910, gas lamps lighted them. The gas pipes and ventilation flues are still in the roof cavity. Electric lights were connected in 1936 when electricity was brought to North Ryde. They are now back in their original positions.

A big thank you to Tom at Chippendale Restorations for terrific advice and a great deal on the lights and to electrician Scott from SAK Electrical (Rozelle) who has done an amazing installation, patching and repairing as he went.