School Days

Students in playground, school unknown. PROV, VPRS 14517 / P1 / Unit 17 / E82839129
Students in playground, school unknown. PROV, VPRS 14517 / P1 / Unit 17 / E82839129
Music Class, Buninyong Primary School. PROV, VPRS 14514 / P1 / Unit 7 / E238952
Music Class, Buninyong Primary School. PROV, VPRS 14514 / P1 / Unit 7 / E238952

Closed 25 October, 2015

Travel back in time to classrooms from the late 1800s onwards in this exhibition.

‘School Days: Education in Victoria’ Exhibition features classroom stories, school photographs, old text books, and memorabilia collected by the Education Department and preserved within the vaults of the state archives of Public Record Office Victoria. Through a range of nostalgic displays brimming with extraordinary photographs - be reminded of the days when milk was delivered to every child and being caned was all part of a normal child's education.

What were 'ragged schools’ of the 1860s, and how did the state approach Aboriginal schooling, migrant education and playground design? See how Victorian education has changed since 1872 when Victoria became the first state to establish a public school system based on the principles of free, secular and compulsory education.

View our exciting public program here.

Follow the exhibition on Twitter using #SchoolDays

An interactive version of the 1884 Map of Victoria, showing locations of state schools on display in 'School Days: Education in Victoira' has been produced by the School History Project. You can view information about the schools, and relevant documents from the Public Record Office Victoria here (works best in Chrome, Safari and Opera)

School Days made an appearance on Channel Ten's live weather cross with Mike Larkan, see the footage here, courtesy of the DPC Monitoring Unit.

Above: Massed schoolchildren at the Treasury Building farewell Lord & Lady Stradbroke, April 7th 1926.
Image source: State Library of Victoria H90.56/25