The First Public School

The First Public School.

Australia’s first public schools were not established until 1848, but the history of children’s education in this country goes back to the early days of settlement. It originated in a Royal Instruction issued to Governor Phillip in 1790 which required him “in marking out each township” in the colony to set aside “200 acres for the maintenance of a schoolmaster.” The order was repeated in instructions to Governors Hunter and Macquarie, but was never fully carried out. However, private action did something to compensate for official tardiness.

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