Early school days photos

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Boy students in school garden.

State Records NSW has a comprehensive digital collection of early school photos which is being added to constantly. They are digitising images collected by the DEC’s former history unit. These images are a great primary source for class history studies,  in preparation for a visit to the Schoolhouse Museum or for family history research. Photo investigator.

Image: Children gardening at Annandale PS  c. 31-12/1907. State Records NSW

Gardening was popular in NSW schools and was used for learning about weights and measures. In rural areas teachers were paid a bonus for establishing gardens that improved the look of the school.