A brief history


In January 1975, 'A Brief History of State Education in Queensland' was published as a supplement to the Education Office Gazette. This brief history proved to be quite popular in the absence of any other single text covering the same ground. It provided information on Queensland education for teachers and students involved in more general studies on education in Australia. It also provided general background information for teachers, students, local historians, and school centenary or jubilee committees concerned with the history of local schools.

The original 'brief history' was extensively revised in 1982 by Eddie Clarke and Greg Logan, employees of the Education History Unit. It is this 1982 edition that is republished here. The chronology of education in Queensland (which was part of the original publication) has been updated however to provide a factual outline of the major 'milestones' and trends in the development of state education up to the present.


After school ended on Monday, 10 August 1891, about forty female teachers from Brisbane and suburbs gathered at the Central State School in Adelaide Street. It was an historic moment—the commencement of the first training course for early childhood teachers ...

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In 1860 Queensland's first Parliament passed the Grammar Schools Act which allowed for the establishment of a grammar school in any town where at least £1,000 could be raised locally. The Act provided for a Government subsidy of twice this local contribution. ...

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During the 1860s and 1870s, formal education in Queensland beyond primary level was conducted almost exclusively in grammar schools. These schools were expensive and thus available only to the wealthy. There were some individuals, however, who could not ...

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In 1826 the first primary school was conducted in the Moreton Bay settlement of NSW by Mrs Esther Roberts, a soldier's wife. Although her stipend of £10 was drawn from the funds of the colonial government, her school was actually administered by the Anglican Church ...

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It has rightly been claimed that there is no such thing as a normal child, in the sense of a statistical average endowed with a human face. All children are unique individuals with widely differing talents and aptitudes. There have always been children in the community, ...

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The first steps towards the provision of tertiary education for Queensland students were taken in 1870, only 11 years after Queensland had become a separate colony. The University Act of 1870 provided for the local examination of candidates for scholarships to ...

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Last updated 15 April 2019