The Heritage Textbook Collection

The jewel in the crown of the Museum is its outstanding heritage collection of school textbooks and readers from the from the colonial and Federation (early 20th century) periods, a collection that is both representative and historically significant including many rare items.

School textbooks are an important source of evidence about the emergence of schools as modern institutions. They are key artefacts for  understanding what was taught and how children learned in Australian schools in earlier times. The ANME collection offers insights into the adaptation of English, Scottish and Irish school texts to Australian social conditions and local educational trends that accompanied the establishment of colonial educational systems and the growth of educational publishing.

Download the comprehensive guide to the ANME heritage textbook collection here.