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Australian: Education Records
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Education records can be a fascinating resource to add more detail and interest to our ancestor’s lives. The records may not always give us biographical information to take our family lines further back in time, but the records will tell us more about the lives they lived. Today’s education arrangements are quite different from those in the 18th and 19th centuries.

For the purposes of this course, we will mostly be looking at educational records from 1788 through to 1950. We will explore education records which can include archival records, memorabilia, photographs, building plans, newspaper reports, published school histories and local histories. Archival records are those created by the school such as administrative files, correspondence files, building files, pupil admission registers, corporal punishment registers of teachers, photographs of buildings and pupils, building plans, sporting memorabilia and other records. Records explored will span primary school to adult education and will include students as well as staff.

COURSE CONTENT
Module 1
Introduction
Note about Web Addresses
Websites

Introduction to Education Records
Why use education records?

Brief History of Education in Australia
  • Brief Timeline

    What are education records?

    Locating Schools
  • Directories and Almanacs
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Newspapers

    Where are the records?
    Access
    Summary

    Module 2
    Primary Education
    Websites
    Introduction
    State Primary Schools
    Key Record Series
    Government & Education Gazettes
    Industrial & Reformatory Schools

    Private Primary Schools
  • Ragged Schools

    Grammar schools
    Photographs
    Summary

    Module 3
    Secondary Education
    Websites
    Introduction
    Locating High Schools
    Where Are The Records?

    Private Church & Independent Schools
  • Old Boys (or Girls) Associations

    School Publications
    Photographs
    Education Gazettes
    Newspapers
    Summary

    Module 4
    Tertiary Education
    Websites
    Introduction
    Technical and Further Education
    Apprenticeships

    Universities
  • Student records
  • Staff Records
  • Sporting Records

    Education Gazettes
    University Collecting Archives
    Other University Organisations
    Newspapers
    Photographs
    Summary

    Module 5
    Adult Education
    Websites
    Introduction

    Schools of Arts & Mechanics’ Institutes
  • What were they?

    Newspapers
    Original Records
    Literary Institutes
    Published Works & Manuscript Histories
    Photographs
    University of the Third Age (U3A)
    Summary

    Module 6
    Education Staff Records
    Websites
    Introduction
    School Committees
    Portal Websites
    Staff Records
    Blue Books
    Government Gazettes
    Online Guides to Teacher Records
    Church & Independent Schools
    Photographs
    Newspapers
    Subscription Databases
    Summary

    Suggested Reading & Resources
  • Microform
  • CD ROM
  • Maps
  • Books
  • Journals
  • Articles
  • Thesis
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