Grainger’s family tradition rolls on

Mary Valley State College prep student Grace Grainger is following a proud family history at Mary Valley College.
Mary Valley State College prep student Grace Grainger is following a proud family history at Mary Valley College. Tanya Easterby

WHEN little Grace Grainger started prep at Mary Valley State College this year, she was continuing a 100-year Grainer family tradition.

The Grainger's have been associated with the school in Imbil for more than a century, making Grace the fifth generation to start her education at the family's alma mater.

Grace's father Michael Grainger attended the Imbil pre-school for a short time in 1984, however his cousins Allana and Melita Milfull were educated at school, then known as Imbil State School, from pre-school to Year 10 in the 1980-90s.

Grace's grandfather Barry Grainger, his brother Greg and sister Kaye were educated at Imbil primary and secondary schools in the 1960s and '70s.

Alwyn Grainger, Grace's great-grandfather, was enrolled at the school in the 1930s and was later employed as groundsman for the 18 years from 1975-92. About this time, Hazel Grainger was a relieving school cleaner.

Alwyn's mother Maire Grainger (nee Spiller) and her future sisters-in-law Annie, Bessie and Alice Grainger attended Imbil Provisional School in the late 1890s.

Marie Spiller used to "ride double" to school on horseback with a relative, Jack Ahearn. When Marie married Jack Grainger, they lived in the house next door to the Imbil school, which is now known as Mary Valley State College.

Little Grace now lives in this almost-100-year-old family home and, unlike her great-great-grandmother Marie, has only to walk next door to get to school.

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