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Researching Australian Education

This guide provides an overview of sources relevant to the history of education in Victoria and Australia.

The Australian Education Curriculum & Teacher Education Collection




This Australian Education Curriculum and Teacher Education collection includes digitised copies of select prominent curriculum and teacher resources published in Victoria and South Australia, Australia from 1848 to the 1970s. It consists of Victorian School readers (1848 – mid 1960s), the Victoria Education Gazette and Teachers’ Aid (Volumes 1-91), the Melbourne Training College journal, The Trainee (1908-1970), The Melbourne Teachers’ College Student Representative Council newsletter, The Griffin (1937-1966) and the Education Department for Victoria’s ‘The School paper’ (1899-1968).

Through this collection, the university provides access to prominent resources for research on the history and development of Australian education, curriculum and teacher education.

The collection complements the "School knowledge, working knowledge and the knowing subject: a review of state curriculum policies, 1975-2005" project lead by Prof Lyn Yates and funded as DP0771231 in 2007-2008. (School Curriculum Policies Project (SCPP))

The Education Gazette, South Australia

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The Education Gazette, South Australia consists of 96 volumes published between 1885 and 1980. Between 1893 and 1959, the January issue contained an official list of schools and their staff. This list was issued as supplement to the June 1960 and the May 1961 issues. Between 1962 and 1970 it was published as a separate title “Official list of schools”. These lists included average attendance, numbers of students examined and teachers (their position, personal classification and salary allowances). Notices about teacher appointments, promotions, births of children, deaths, marriages, retirements and resignations were occasionally published. Examination results, recipients of scholarships and bursaries as well as exhibitions were made public via the gazettes, for teachers and parents.

Access the digitised collection, covering Volume 72, no.834 to Volume 88, no.1024 (1956-1972) and Volume 1, no. 1 to Volume 15, no. 26 (1973-1987) here: