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
- 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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