Research Victoria's primary and secondary schools, text books and readers, past exams and results, curricula
A subject search on the library catalogue for Education -- Victoria -- History will return many other relevant results.
Use reports of inspectors and annual reports to find key information relating to school districts, standards, curriculum and educational change.
These reports also provide insights into the history of schools and education, such as these examples from the 1914/1915 report:
"It is a regrettable fact that the playgrounds of the great majority of our schools are wretchedly small. At the time when the schools were established vacant allotments hard by provided excellent playing fields for the pupils, and care was not taken to secure sufficient areas of playing space before the inevitable encroachment due to growth of population in the neighbourhood. As a result, the schools are now hemmed in by buildings, and playgrounds can be acquired only at a huge cost." (p.16)
"The War has affected the development of the manual training centers...Very many splints, desk chairs, camp stools, crutches, and bed rests have been made by teachers and pupils. This work has had a good effect in stimulating feelings of patriotism and genorosity." (p.20).
Search the Library's catalogue by school name to find histories of many schools, for example, Northcote High School, Melbourne Grammar, Mount Scopus College, St. Brendan's Primary School, Shepparton, Berwick Grammar School.
Search newspapers for references to schools. See our research guide on How to find items in newspapers.
The history of education in relation to Aboriginal Australians and the separatism that was practiced from the colonial period onwards is a distinct and complex history in itself.
A history of Australian schooling / Craig Campbell and Helen Proctor
Australian education in the Second World War by Andrew Spaull
The Australian government school, 1830-1914 : select documents with commentary / A G Austin and R J W Selleck
History of Australian education - a comprehensive website giving timelines, histories and online resources for researching the history of education on both a state and national level.
During the 1860s government schools were numbered in alphabetical order.
The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) has created a document which lists schools in Victoria by geographic/local government area, including school numbers. Only schools for which PROV hold records are included on this list.
Susie Zada has complied two indexes of pre-1975 schools by name and number from Vision and realisation: a centenary history of state education Volumes 2 and 3.
The library holds a collection of local history files which contain ephemeral material such as newspaper articles, brochures and occasionally, auction brochures.
You can find these files using the Local history index, which is held in the Newspapers & Family History Reading Rooms, and by searching the online Australiana Index. (To search comprehensively, check both indexes).
The following records are held by the Public Records Office Victoria:
Series VPRS 14519 School History Files
Series VPRS 14557 School Histories and other Publications [Education History Unit]
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