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The one teacher school

One teacher schools have been the main providers of state education to children living in remote areas of Queensland since the nineteenth century. In many instances, they were the only means of providing education to children living in isolated areas, prior to the establishment of the Primary Correspondence School in 1922. Appointments to one teacher schools were also the first step for teachers seeking promotion.

The establishment of one teacher schools was a response by the Department of Public Instruction to:

  • the predominance of pastoral and agricultural industries in the Queensland economy
  • a rural economy which influenced settlement patterns resulting in a decentralized population
  • considerable distances between major centres
  • poor roads and transport prior to the 1950s and 1960s.


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Last reviewed
10 January 2013
Last updated
10 January 2013