The Oakleigh State School community arrived at school recently to discover their school bell had been stolen. The cherished bell hung high and proud in its bell tower. It is believed the bell and tower came from the Sherwood Fire Station sometime between 1953 and 1955. For nearly seventy years it has rung to signal school start and finish times, recess times and special events. It continues to be of service today and was restored to its former glory in 2018 (see photo). Its familiar peal would resound across neighbouring Ashgrove streets informing the local community of the time of day. What stories this bell could tell!
The Oakleigh students, staff and families are deeply saddened by the loss of their treasured bell. They are appealing to the wider community for help to restore the bell to its rightful home. Please contact Policelink on 131 444 or https://www.police.qld.gov.au/policelink-reporting with any relevant information.