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A chronology of education in Queensland

1824-1850 | 1851-1875 | 1876-1900 | 1901-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2000-2011



  • The Department appointed the first itinerant teacher who visited isolated homes to bring some elementary education to these children.


  • The board of Technical Instruction was appointed by the Governor in Council.


  • A new syllabus was introduced emphasising activity learning, practical work, correlation of subjects, and greater relevance to the daily lives of students. In the new scheme, the 'whole child' was the focus of education.


  • Continuation classes commenced. These classes provided vocationally oriented education in such areas as commerce, mining and agriculture. They were a link between the primary schools and technical colleges.


  • The Technical Instruction Act placed technical colleges in Brisbane under the direct control of the Department of Public Instruction. It also allowed country colleges, if they wished, to come under the Department.


  • The University of Queensland conducted the first external Junior and Senior Public Examinations.
  • The Education Act was amended to permit religious instruction in State school buildings during school hours.
  • An itinerant Teacher of Agriculture was appointed to encourage and improve elementary agricultural education.

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  • The University of Queensland enrolled its first students.
  • Religious instruction commenced.
  • A Medical Branch of the Department was created.


  • The first State high schools in Queensland were opened at Warwick, Bundaberg, Charters Towers, Gympie, Mackay and Mount Morgan.
  • Compulsory medical and dental inspection were introduced in State schools.
  • The school leaving age was raised from 12 to 14 years.


  • Secondary scholarships for two years at approved secondary schools were offered to all students who gained 50 per cent or more in the annual State Scholarship Examination. In previous years, a fixed number of scholarships had been awarded annually.
  • The first Teachers Training College was opened.


  • A revised version of the 1905 syllabus was implemented. The basic aims and subject categories were not changed significantly.


  • The first Rural School was opened at Nambour.


  • The Technical Instruction Amendment Act enabled the Department of Public Instruction to progressively take over control of country technical colleges.


  • The Primary Correspondence School was established to provide lessons by mail for children in remote areas.


  • The first special classes were provided for handicapped children.
  • The first domestic science railway carriage was provided for rural children.
  • The gradual phasing out of the Pupil Teacher system was begun.


  • The first manual arts railway carriage for rural children commenced operations.

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Last reviewed
10 January 2013
Last updated
10 January 2013