Early photographs gallery

This page shows some historical images drawn from state libraries and represents some exceptional early photographs dating from approximately 1875 when photography began to become more common.

These were located by a National Library of Australia ‘Trove’ search that revealed over 8,000 images with ‘school’ in the title dated between 1870 and 1920.

ANME is seeking similar images of schools as they were before the First World War, especially those showing school groups, events and early buildings.  Contact ANME here.

Clockwise from left: Elbow Hill, SA  (State Library of SA), Tambo Bush School, Qld (SLQ), Hill End School, NSW (SLNSW),  Mt Dooran School, Vic (Museum Victoria), Kyneton School, Vic (Museum Victoria), Unknown school, NSW(SLNSW).