Mitta Mitta is a beautilful little hamlet nestled in the Mitta Valley in north-east Victoria.  Situated at the Junction of the Mitta Mitta River and Snowy Creek,  this charming little town is the epicentre for local tourism, fishing, recreational and holiday activities and is a great place to live.  Mitta is the jewel in the Mitta Valley crown: enjoy your stay at our web site and please come and visit!
Lawful  The continuation of historical articles on the Mitta School by Russell Kelly
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A stand-out amongst the many past excellent teachers at the Mitta School is clearly Arthur James Law. Born at Benalla in 1886, his father John was the editor and owner of the local paper, the Upper Murray & Mitta Herald (based at Tallangatta).
Arthur was a bright young man whose dream was to become a great teacher, starting his 'apprenticeship' at the Bethanga State School. He then moved to West Brunswick to attend the Teachers' Training College, returning to his first official position at the Fernvale State School.
Arthur was promoted to the Mitta School in 1909 and made a huge impression on both the students and community. The School Inspectors wrote glowing reports on his abilities: "a teacher of great promise", "energetic", "intelligent", "a very effective teacher of great firmness and determination". He relentlessly argued with the Education Department for better supplies and amenities and with his eloquently crafted pleas, cajoled the authorities into providing overdue extensions to the overcrowded school.
Active in the community, Law help guide Mitta's transition from a mining centre to an important dairy precinct and during the 1911 diphtheria epidemic lead the medical and support response.
But Arthur was on the move and after three years moved to Melbourne to further his studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne. A magnet drew him back to Mitta where he utilised his newly acquired skills for another two years.
He continued agitating for better facilities and more land: with 75 pupils, 30 were now riding to school on 18 horses and the animals needed more grazing space.
Sad to see him move on, the local community lead by Alexander Moncrieff JP presented Arthur with an impressive plaque (currently being restored) in gratitude to his "assistance with all public movements and devotion to patriotic work".
Arthur continued his fast track through the Education Department, eventually lecturing at the teachers' college. His son, Phillip Law (1912-2010) became famous as an Antarctica explorer, chief scientist and head of the Commonwealth Antarctic Division. In the footsteps of Mawson, Scott and Shackleton, Dr Law AC AO established Australia's first permanent base, Mawson.
Indeed, an impressive family.
Like many teachers before and since, Arthur Law left an indelible mark on the Mitta School and community.


Mitta School 150 years old this year !