Maryborough was a fairly large town in 1912. Many families still lived there from the gold rushes, as it was a major attraction throughout the gold rush era. Students needed a convenient way to get to and from school. The Maryborough train station was located next to the technical school and many students traveled on red rattler trains to get to and home from school.
The surrounding towns of Maryborough such as Avoca, Bealiba and Alma were agricultural towns and many kids had to work the farms, instead of attending high school. Once students got their merit certificates they tended to leave school and work on farms or get jobs.
A young boy from Avoca, 30 kilometers from Maryborough rode his bike to the high school. This shows he had initiative to attend high school. However, getting to school became easier in 1941 the government would pay families for their children to travel to school. Students had options of catching a bus, getting driven to school, riding their bikes or trains. However, to receive the allowance you had to live at least 3km from the High School. Buses were an important invention for the community, because children often traveled by bus, resulting in enrollments in every secondary school throughout Victoria to increase.