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...

This page was created thanks to a researcher who was looking the records of education and schools for deaf children in NSW.

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.

The Protestant (Male) Orphan School Register, 1850-1886 lists over 1,000 boys who were admitted to the school. Boys were usually admitted because one or both parents were dead or unable to care for them. The register is an important document in the history of child care and...

Overview of education in New South Wales 1788-c.1979 plus a list of the main record series

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...

Records that relate to teacher employment in the Government sector between 1788 and 1979.


Not digitised

The Teachers' rolls are one of most useful sources for researching individual teachers in the later half of the nineteenth century. They provide a service record for each teacher and include date of birth, examination results, appointments, promotions and date of resignation.

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.


Not digitised

The records indexed include School Administrative files and records from individual schools such as admission registers, punishment books and inspection books. 

School files can be used for your local history research as they very strongly reflect the growth or decline of towns. The school files in our Collection cover both World War I and World War II but particularly reflect the many impacts of World War I. Teachers enlisted and on return took up...

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."

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.