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Foundation of public institutions for secondary education in Tasmania


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Butler, William Frederick Dennis (1917) Foundation of public institutions for secondary education in Tasmania. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 21-59.

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The period with which this paper deals is that prior
to the establishment of responsible Government in Tasmania,
and thus includes the early part of Sir William
Denison's Administration, as well as the Administration
of those Governors who immediately preceded him.
Before proceeding to consider the actual formation
of these Institutions, we will first discuss the objects the
founders were aiming at. It is first necessary to consider
the educational state of the Colony at the time
of their labours, and also prior attempts to found similar
institutions. The Colony of Van Diemen's Land, as it
then was, had a large convict population, which was yearly
increased by the transportation of convicts from England.To raise the social status of this community, the
Government—and the different Churches—had systems of
primary schools which, though admittedly inefficient, were
doing useful work.Secondary education received no Government help at
all, there were no public grammar schools, but a few
private schools were conducted by various gentlemen, some
of which, considering the educational facilities available
to them, reached a satisfactory standard, whilst others
certainly could not lay claim to even this distinction.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records, public institutions, secondary education, Tasmania
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 21-59
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 02:45
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 00:59
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