The Index to schools and related records, 1876-1979 is the main source for finding records related to schools, teachers and students.
Most of these records provide information relating to Government Schools, Orphan Schools and Industrial Schools for admission purposes
NRS 15051: The History Unit of the Department of School Education collected these photographs (from around 1963 to around 1991) when preparing school histories, research for public relations, or giving presentations. The collection consists mainly of photographic prints. Most show school buildings, pupils, teachers, or educational activities, with most including an identifying caption and date. The photographs themselves date from around 1850 to around 1991.
This is an ongoing series digitisation project and you can browse what has been digitised in the catalogue »
Most of the earliest schools in the colony were established to provide basic literacy skills and religious instruction to destitute children and to those whose parents could not afford to provide them with an education.
One of the earliest lists of pupil in our collection is in the Colonial Secretary records
Richmond School Roll
Jul 1823-Feb 1824
The online index to Child Welfare and Protection provide details of children admitted to Orphan Schools, 1817-1886.
Applications for admission into the Orphan Schools
Applications for children out of the Orphan Schools
Records of admission
Other records of admission can be found in our catalogue using the keywords "orphan school" or you can browse the specific agencies below:
Researchers should also consult our catalogue for records relating to individual homes, schools and shelters.
Pupil records, 1848-1900
Prior to the Public Instruction Act, 1880, education was jointly administered by the Board of National Education and the Denominational School Board, 1848-1866 and subsequently the Council of Education, 1866-1879. The records of these agencies contain occasional references to pupils especially the miscellaneous correspondence series. For further information consult our catalogue and the Index to Schools and Related Records.
We don't hold school reports or school certificates. Our holdings are listed alphabetically by the name of the school in the online Index to Schools and Related Records. Researchers can also consult the interim School Records guide, available in the reading room.
Only a small percentage of admission registers, punishment books and examination books have survived. In some instances the school may still hold the registers.
|Some of the most useful details concerning pupils for this period are to be found in the admission registers. They usually record pupil's name, age, name of parents/guardian, address, occupation, date of admission, year and class grade and sometimes reason for leaving or next school to be attended.|
|These books give the name of the pupil who was punished, the date, the offence and punishment.|
|The contents of examination books vary. Some record pupils' examination results for each subject, total marks and place in grade, while others contain samples of examination questions.|
|School files c.1876-1979|
|The school files deal mainly with the day-to-day administration and maintenance of the school. Occasionally pupils are mentioned, particularly when an application is made for the opening of a school or a proposal is made for a change in the school's structure.|
Records can be viewed in the reading room at the Western Sydney Records Centre (WSRC). Due to the physical size of the school files photocopies can only be ordered in the reading room after viewing the records.
Please be aware that Punishment Books Closed to Public Access (CPA) for 50 years.
To view these records you will need to contact the:
Department of Education at EDConnect.firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1300 32 32 32.
We don't hold copies of school certificates or school reports. Copies of Leaving Certificates, Intermediate Certificates, School Certificates and High School Certificates may be obtained from:
The NSW Education Standards Authority (formerly the Board of Studies)
Phone (02) 9367 8857
Information about applying for a lost certificate is available on their website: Replacement examination results and certificates.
Pupil record cards are retained for 25 years from date of birth or 7 years (whichever is the greater) by the last state school a student attended before leaving the State system.
If the student leaves the State system to enter the private system, live interstate or overseas before normal school leaving age, the pupil record card is retained by the last State school attended until the student has passed 25 years of age.
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This content first appeared in Archives in Brief 26 - Schools, 1878-1979 and Archives in Brief 76 - Pupil records
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