Collection

Scope

The NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education collects and protects furniture, objects, books, documents and photographs relating to public education in NSW, focusing on teaching and learning in primary schools from 1850 to1980. 

The collection contains a wide range of objects with some dating back to the 1870s. Included are samples of pupil work, teaching equipment and resources. These items have been collected from closing public schools, Department of Education donations, purchases and personal donations. 

A page from a 1933 homework book showing decorative titles and neat Cursive writing in ink

Research

Appointments can be made for access to the collection for research purposes.

Hire

A collection of furniture, equipment and objects is available for hire. Further information here. 

Donations

Personal items can be offered as donations to the Schoolhouse Museum’s collection. All items will be assessed by the Collections sub-committee. Not all items can be accepted.

Greenwich PS Concert Program 1897

Search the Collection

The Schoolhouse Museum’s collection is currently being made available online through eHive with about 1300 records there to date. The collection is also currently being digitized and added to our eHive records.

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North Ryde Public School class photos

The collection of North Ryde Public School class photos has been fully digitized. Photos from 1890-1954 are available on Flickr. Below is the North Ryde PS Hoop Dance Group, 1926.

Due to the Department of Education’s privacy regulations, class photos from 1955 cannot be publicly available on the Internet. A link to these photos can be sent on request.

North Ryde PS 1926 Hoop dance girls with their floral hoops

Documents required by State Records NSW

Public schools are required to send official historical school records to State Records NSW via the Department of Education Information and Records Management section. Records include school registers, punishment books and original photographs. A full listing is available on the DoE intranet: Functional Retention and Disposal Authority DA105.