POSSIBLE TUNNEL
BETWEEN HAILEYBURY PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
AND ST. LEONARDS PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL
ON SOUTH ROAD, EAST BRIGHTON, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
POSSIBLY A LARGE AIR RAID SHELTER FROM WW2

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There is a school yard story from the 1970's that told of a tunnel running under South Road between St. Leonards Presbyterian School and Haileybury Presbyterian College at East Brighton in Melbourne, Victoria.

According to the story, the tunnel was built during WW2 in case of a Japanese air raid for the purpose of sheltering the students from both schools. The entrance was supposedly located near the teachers luncheon room and access was through a locked service door inside the school building. Apparently some students in in the 1970's, with the appropriate Lockwood key claimed to have found the supposed entrance which had been filled in with cement. 

A current student of St. Leonard College told me that there was a tunnel and it has been cemented over. He believes that it does not connect to Haileybury but to an old estate some streets back.

 

Can anyone confirm this story at all?

 

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