Allanson PS students and teachers find treasure in piano

The search: Allanson Primary School students are looking into the area's history ahead of the Collie Museum's re-opening. Photo: Thomas Munday.
The search: Allanson Primary School students are looking into the area's history ahead of the Collie Museum's re-opening. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Allanson Primary School kindy and pre-primary students and teachers have discovered 28 pieces of treasure in an old piano owned by the school, providing an insight into the town’s history.

The class pulled apart the piano, shorty before student Charlie Simpson found a bag containing coins, jewellery, a badge and a watch. 

The class then sent the find to Shire of Collie for examination by the shire’s new museum advisory committee. 

The group has been invited by the Shire of Collie to the Collie Museum after its re-opening in July.

Allanson kindy-pre-primary teacher Amanda Davidson said the students have learned more about the importance of historical and heritage value through this experience. 

“The language that has come out of the kids since it happened has been incredible, they’ve gotten to know about their local council, they know more about museums,” she said. 

“It has just increased their knowledge and their vocabulary, their history – looking at old coins that they’ve probably never seen before.” 

Shire of Collie corporate services director Allison Fergie said the council was impressed with the student’s enthusiasm. 

She said many artefacts, despite not having a lot of historical or financial value, contribute to the social and cultural fabric of the community. 

“The Shire of Collie was impressed with the enthusiasm and honesty of the students involved in the discovery and handing over to a proper authority of treasure found at their school,” she said.  

“We are pleased to support teaching staff in any activity that promotes the work of a museum.”