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Agency ID10531
TitleBrisbane Central Technical College
Agency TypeEducation Provider
Start Date Circa 4/9/1882
End Date 1/8/1909
Date NotesN/A

Provided vocational based education.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
3572Minute Books [Brisbane Central Technical College] 5/8/1885 28/8/1905
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Controlling Agencies

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32Department of Public Instruction 4/9/1882 1/8/1909
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Information Sources

Clarke, E., Technical and Further Education in Queensland: A History 1860 - 1990, Department of Education, Queensland, 1992
Queensland Votes and Proceedings, 1883-84, Public Instruction Department Annual Report 1883-84, Vol. 1, p. 1351 (Report of the technical classes in connection with the School of Arts, Brisbane)
Department of Education, Queensland. Correspondence concerning the Technical College, School of Arts, Brisbane 1880-1889. EDU/A338
Queensland Votes and Proceedings 1899 Session 1, p. 144
The Queensland Statutes, Vol. VIII Sessional Acts 1897-99, p. 6776-6781
Queensland Government Gazette 1908, Vol XC, No 89, pp. 1029 - 1032
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing Technical Instruction Act 1908
Administered Brisbane College Incorporation Act 1898
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Brisbane Central Technical College had its origins in the North Brisbane School of Arts and Mechanics' Institute opened in 1849. However, the Technical College did not get properly underway until April 1881 when there were twenty two enrolments for industrial art classes. Housed within the North Brisbane School of Arts Building in Ann Street, the college was fully funded by student fees. The following year The Technical College officially opened on 4 September 1882. The Department of Public Instruction provided grant funding from 1882. A separate building to house the college was completed in 1884.

Initially, the College was administered by a sub-committee of the School of Arts Committee. However, by 1898, the College had grown to such an extent that it was decided to approach the govenment to bring in legislation to create a Technical College independent of the School of Arts Committee. This resulted in the Brisbane College Incorporation Act of 1898 which came into operation on 1 January 1899 under which an independent college council was established - separate from that of the School of Arts.

From 1901, Public Instruction Department inspectors visited all technical colleges to ensure that government subsidies were being spent appropriately.

From September 1902, the College was supervised by the newly formed Board of Technical Education.

Under the Technical Instruction Act 1908 which came into effect on 1 August 1909, the College was amalgamated with the South Brisbane Technical College and the West End Technical College to form Central Technical College, Brisbane. It also brought the newly formed Central College under the direct control of the Minister for Public Instruction.
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Queensland State Archives Agency ID10531, Brisbane Central Technical College
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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