Author Archives: ANME Director

Launch of Occasional Paper


Canberra identity, Mr James Service, AO, launched a new ANME publication, Mowbray House Sydney: Reflections, at the recent ANZHES Conference held at the Inspire Centre in September. Mr Service has had a long and distinguished career in the property industry and has served in a range of capacities in public affairs and causes within the Canberra community.

The author of the Occasional Paper is Colin Dennett is a former pupil of Mowbray House Boys’ Preparatory School which existed from 1906 to 1954. Colin’s chance re-connection with his first school came about through his discovery of the school archive which was presented to the ANME by Sydney lawyer, Mr Trevor Fowler in 2014.

Colin’s exploration of this archive has resulted in a fascinating study of the Headmaster’s Reports over the first half of the 20th Century. Mr Service is also a former pupil of the school.

Director visits England and Ireland

During June and July, the Director toured a number of school museums and Victorian classrooms in England and Ireland. This enabled him to promote the ANME and to exchange information with curators and staff. His visits included the British Schools Museum in Queen Street, Hitchin, The Ragged School in London’s East End, the Sevington Victorian School near the village of Grittleton in Wiltshire and the Ballyverdaugh National School, in Northern Ireland.

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UC Open Day 2017

You are invited to view
a unique national collection of

◊        educational archives      ◊

Visit the Australian National Museum of Education on

UC OPEN DAY

Saturday 27 August
10.00am to 2.00pm

Building 5 Level A

UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA

 

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Prof Geoff Riordan: ANME Annual Lecture

Professor Geoffrey Riordan, Dean of the Faculty of ESTeM, will give the 11th Annual Historical Perspectives on Education Lecture.

Mapping the History of School-based Teacher Education—from Normal and Demonstration Schools to the Contemporary University School

The lecture will be held in conjunction with the ANME-ANZHES conference at the Inspire Centre at the University of Canberra on Sunday 24th September, 5pm – 7pm.

Coast at the door: $20
Refreshments will be served.

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Preserving paper records

The Heritage, Museums and Conservation Program in the UC Faculty of Arts and Design is offering a one-day expert-led course on caring for records and other paper items:

Preserving paper records is a down-to-earth course on how to handle, store and transport paper documents, including practical sessions on how to clean and de-acidify old paper. This course is aimed at records managers, librarians, people who are familiar with basic paper preservation and would like to know more, including emerging conservators and students and anyone else who loves and cares for old documents.

Date: Friday 26 May, 2017 Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Venue: UC Conservation laboratory, Building 27C18, Bruce Campus
Cost: External $400 + GST / Full-time student $300 (excluding GST)
Course enquiries: Contact Mona Soleymani on mona.soleymani@canberra.edu.au

If you have any questions, or would like to attend this course, please email Ngaio Buck at  FADadmin@canberra.edu.au to confirm your availability.
Course enquiries: Contact Mona Soleymani  mona.soleymani@canberra.edu.au

This course will provide:

  • Background information on how paper works and what makes it deteriorate
  • Hands-on experience of the best ways of handling, storing and transporting paper documents
  • Introduction to paper conservation practice including surface cleaning, washing, deacidification, flattening, paper fibre identification and repair
  • Contacts with people you can call on for advice and resource sharing
  • Course booklet (digital or printed) for future reference
  • Certification of Attendance
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea

Field Trip 2017

A few places remain on the bus for the ANNUAL FIELD TRIP  which will take place on
SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2017
departing 9.00 am (sharp) Departure from Daramalan College,
Cowper Street, Dickson, (closest gate to Dickson shops)
visiting  Cootamundra Public School (1875),
Bethungra Schoolhouse (Circa. 1886)
Murringo Public School (1860) (3) (3)
Binalong Public School (1861) (4)
Murrumbateman –
Download the full itinerary here.  Annual Field Trip 2017

Jessica Goodvinn wins ANME Prize

Jessica Goodvinn, Honours year student in the Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation has has won the 2016 ANME Prize. Jessica was presented with her prize by the Chair of the Board Prof Barbara Pamphilon  at the December 2016 Board of Management meeting.

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ANZHES/ANME Joint Conference 2017

Powerful narratives and compelling explanations:
Educational historians and museums at work

Next year the Australian National Museum of Education will join the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) in hosting their annual conference. 

The conference will be held from 24-27 September 2017 at the Inspire Centre at the University of Canberra, Australia.  The call for papers closes on 1 April 2017. Papers should address the theme of  Narrative, explanation and interpretation: history that matters

  • Education and its role in nation building
  • Museums and popular history
  • Biography and history

Full details about the conference can be found on the ANZHES website.

The School Magazine turns 100

Enjoy a feast of who’s who in Australian children’s literature and celebrate The School Magazine’s 100th Birthday at an exhibition curated by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature based at UC.

The School Magazine is the longest continuously published children’s literary magazine in the world. Here are the memories of those who loved it as children – favourite stories, poems, illustrations, music and crosswords. A highlight of the exhibition is the artwork and manuscript for My Dog, first published as a short story in The School Magazine and later published as a much-awarded picture book.

Public talk: Join us at the exhibition from 4.00pm-5.00pm on Friday 14 October to hear Alan Edwards, Editor of The School Magazine, reveal highlights over the years.

Civic Library, Canberra from 23 September – 21 October 2016

 

 

If you have any queries, please contact

 

Belinda Gamlen

Archival Officer

National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature

(formerly Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children’s Literature)

The Library

University of Canberra  ACT 2601

T+61 [0]2 6201 5075

Rare 1917 schoolroom photograph

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Wandana Schoolroom, 1917. Silver gelatine photograph, 21 x 16cm, held by Ceduna School Museum. Digital copy held by ANME courtesy of the Ceduna School Museum.

This  rare black and white photograph of the interior of Wandana schoolroom taken in 1917 is held by Ceduna School Museum, South Australia. The museum kindly supplied a digital copy to the Director on his recent visit. This image is highly significant because photographs of schoolroom interiors at an early date are very rare.

The Wandana Schoolroom was originally sited about 5 miles east of Ceduna on the Streaky Bay Road before it was relocated to the Ceduna School Museum.

The photograph is striking for the detail it reveals of teaching at the time. Banner posters were a highly portable teaching aid and these are everywhere evident. They are hung on the walls,  including one showing ‘The Theatre of War’ in  map form. There are other reminders of the Great War, like the flags of the Allies strung across the ceiling (that of Japan is visible).  There are charts referring to ‘Parsing’, a kind of grammatical analysis, and charts of wind and weather observations.  Various pictures are pinned to the timber boards cladding the walls.  Other banner posters are rolled up in various places. The children sit on long seats known as ‘forms’.  Children might have been grouped by age and ‘form’ (hence the use of this term to mean a class).

The class is small, reflecting an isolated coastal population and a provision for a range of boys of various ages. The children appear healthy. This indoor photograph would have required them to sit still for perhaps 30 seconds..

An important detail of the image is that the teacher has been identified as Miss Edith Lee, later Mrs Hawke, mother of Robert Lee Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia 1980-19988.

Have you a rare photograph like this? Please contact us, ANME would like to see it!

For more information about sharing historical images with ANME click here.