8. Early Communities
The pioneers did not leave their selections very often. A trip to buy supplies once a month may have been the only outing. Once the land was cleared visiting neighbours was the only form of social contact. As more people came into the area small settlements began providing services such as hotels, stores, churches, tennis courts and schools.
Essential for the flow of food, clothing, lighting and building materials, early stores played a crucial role in the life of the early settlements.
Often the first solid building in early townships, they were also a statement of confidence in a district’s future.
District selectors often donated land and provided the building for early schools.
Before chuch buildings were established, travelling clergywould meet in homes, stores and the great outdoors.
The focal point of many small communities, also serving as school and church where needed.
Shooting clubs may have formed first, but tennis clubs often had the first clubrooms.