Back to school

Today is the first day back at school for many Queensland schoolchildren. Through the years, the nature of schooling in Queensland has changed dramatically. Children beginning school in 2012 will not know the threat of the cane, will not see a mix of classmates with shoes and bare feet and will not sing God Save the Queen of a morning. Some things, however, will not change. Every new student will have a sense of anxiety, mixed will excitement, of going into the unknown. As a reflection of the importance that schooling plays in Queenslanders' lives, the John Oxley Library has several photographic collections demonstrating the things that change and the things that stay the same in education. You can also see more resources as part of the online exhibition Child's Play.

Gavin Bannerman, Acting Manager, Original Materials - State Library of Queensland


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There is also a set of images on State Library's Flickr Commons collection called "School days". This collection of photographs celebrates school days; the journey to boarding school for children from remote properties, the first day of school, and the formal portraits of sporting teams. Times may have changed, but these experiences, and the wearing of school uniforms have not. You can see it here:…