Step Back in Time

A glimpse of schooling from the past, the NSW Schoolhouse Museum is a popular excursion venue for schools. With a hands-on focus, students interact with artefacts and experience early school life. They use skills of historical inquiry to investigate the past: Present and Past Family Life; The Past in the Present; Community and Remembrance. 

The NSW Schoolhouse Museum was the first building of North Ryde Public School. The original schoolroom was built in 1877 for 45 pupils with extra rooms built in 1893 and 1910. Housed in restored early schoolrooms, the museum collects and preserves objects relating to the history of public education in NSW. The museum is open for school excursions, group tours and the general public by appointment.

We acknowledge the Wallumedegal Peoples of the Darug Nation, the Traditional Owners of the land and pay our respect to Elders past and present. We recognise the continuing learning systems of Aboriginal Peoples on this land and acknowledge the impact of past government policies on the education of Aboriginal children.

 

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At School at War: NSW school children and the Anzacs – new resource

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This new digital resource outlines the enormous contribution that NSW school students and teachers made in support of Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Packed with primary sources, it supports Stage 2 Community and Remembrance and Years 7-10 History Life Skills. Go to At School at War: NSW school children and the Anzacs digital resource. […]

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Classroom with timber chairs and desks, blackboard on front wall and photo of a young Queen Elizabeth

Oral histories – new!

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Visit our collection of rich stories of 1950s and 60s school days at North Ryde Public School on our Oral histories page. Read about march-pasts, peanut butter covered ‘doorstops’, milk monitors and making homemade glue.

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Collection stories – new!

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Jump to our new page of collection stories that bring some of our favourite objects to life – Geoffrey Collins a 1930s correspondence school boy, JS Middenway’s stereographs of his teaching journey and Claude Schumacher’s prized handwriting.

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