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The online exhibition, School Days, developed by Public Record Office Victoria and  launched at Old Treasury Building in March 2015, is a history of more than  150 years of schooling in Victoria. This resource is a history of the 1872 Education Act and early schooling in Victoria, Australia. The Education Act was the most significant education reform in Victoria, and a world first! It is a history of early schooling, migrant schooling, Aboriginal schools, women in education, rural education and, of  course, education in war time (1914-1918). Click here to view the exhibition online at Victorian Collections.


black and white class photograph

Cremorne ragged school, c 1900. Record Series Number (VPRS) 14085, P1, Unit 1


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