School Students and Pupils

ABTS - Protestant Male Orphan School

This is another episode focusing on archival estrays: records that have strayed from official custody at some stage during their life but that are now back in the State archives Collection.


In this episode of Archives Behind the Scenes Emily is showing us the School Admission Registers which we hold for NSW public schools.


School files

We hold NSW School Files from 1876 to 1979. These are the correspondence held by the Department of Education about an individual school and you might find information such as: applications to have a school in an area; letters about the school buildings or if it moved site; letters about the...

With his pet lamb for company Robert has a reading lesson from his mother

These photos show the NSW State Correspondence School, Blackfriars. It began in early 1916 for children living in remote and country areas.

Most of these records provide information relating to Government Schools, Orphan Schools and Industrial Schools for admission purposes. The Index to schools and related records, 1876-1979 is the main source for finding records...

Eye examination at School Travelling Ophthalmic Clinic, c.1914. Digital ID 4880_a004_a004000011r

These photographs include children being vaccinated; medical staff; and the interior of the Dental Clinic. The photographs bear no captions and although undated they appear to date from 1914 - the year that the School Travelling Hospital was instituted.


Undated sketch of Croydon Pubic School NRS-15051-1-10-[531]-9

This is an undated sketch of Croydon Public School in Sydney. The text underneath reads: "CROYDON represents a 2nd class school of three departments, accommodating between 400 and 600 pupils. This building is constructed of brick with stone dressings. Cost £5,463."

Get Up Stand Up - an anti-smoking film from 1981

“Get up, stand up” (1981), an anti-smoking film aimed at teenagers produced by the Southern Metropolitan Region NSW Health Commission and the NSW Film Corporation.

Remember the days when you could smoke inside public spaces?! This film is aimed at teenagers...

I can make music

This film is about music education for children. It features Richard Gill and Michael Atherton and was produced by the Institute of Early Childhood Studies in 1982.

Message from Meggsie

“Message from Meggsie” is an educational road safety film produced by the Road Safety Council of NSW and aimed at school children.

Crossing the road safely, public transport safety and safe bicycle riding are among the topics covered. The film is introduced by Jim...

The Case of the Disappearing School

“The Case of the disappearing School” (c.1944) is a film produced by the Road Safety Council of NSW that aimed to highlight the potential perils of road traffic to school children.

Gulargambone Public School NRS-15051-1-16-858-12

How to research students, teachers and school sites in the NSW State school system.

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