Oral histories

Oral histories are recounts of individual’s personal experiences, one person’s perspective. The NSW Schoolhouse Museum acknowledges that in NSW many Aboriginal children had unequal access to public education. Recounts on the Redfern Oral History site provide Aboriginal people’s perspectives.

1960s school days at North Ryde Public School

In the 1950s and 60s North Ryde was a suburb bursting at its seams. After World War II the area’s large parcels of land were carved into streets and housing blocks and the 1950s saw a building and population boom.

Sisters Robyn Minard and Dianne Robertson, then Alderton, attended North Ryde Public School during this time and share their memories in a series of recounts.

Morning rituals

Playground games

Rewards in infants school

Lessons and subjects

School projects

Sports carnivals

Special days

School monitors


1930s school days 

Dorothy Kenning attended primary school from 1930 to 1936. For Grades 5 and 6 she attended North Ryde Public School.

Dorothy’s recollections


We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands of these stories and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise the continuing learning systems of Aboriginal Peoples and acknowledge the impact of past government policies on the education of Aboriginal children.