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Agency ID11366
TitleRockhampton Technical College
Agency TypeEducation Provider
Start Date Circa 1/10/1889
End Date 12/10/1976
Date NotesN/A

Provided vocational based education.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
19607Education Cards 1/1/1925 31/12/1950
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
32Department of Public Instruction 1/5/1919 12/8/1957
404Department of Education 12/8/1957 12/10/1976
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Information Sources

Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1919 - 1920, Vol. II, pp. 313 - 314
Queensland Government Gazette 1961, Vol. CCVIII, No. 6, p. 133
Public Instruction Department, Correspondence, 3 October 1889; Queensland State Archives Item ID 997480
Public Instruction Department, Correspondence; Queensland State Archives Item ID 997651
Public Instruction Department, Correspondence; Queensland State Archives Item ID 997652
Public Instruction Department, "Annual Returns of Teachers Employed in State Schools (Alphabetical by School)", 1918, p. 80; Queensland State Archives Item ID 822963
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Technical Instruction Acts 1908 - 1957
Apprenticeship Act 1964
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In October 1889 the Committee of the Rockhampton School of Arts was given a grant to enable the School to introduce technical education courses. A sub-committee was formed to head the The Rockhampton Technical College.

The College offered technical education courses, including subjects such as architectural and mechanical drawing, painting, mathematics, practical biology, chemistry, carpentry, shorthand, typing, grammar, sewing and dressmaking.

Initially the College was administered by a sub-committee of the Committee of the Rockhampton School of Arts. In 1910 the Technical College separated completely from the School of Arts.

From the beginning the Department of Public Instruction was heavily involved in approving course syllabi, administering examinations, and appointing teachers. Financial assistance was distributed to Technical Colleges by matching funds raised by course fees and donations.

The "Technical Education Act of 1918" enabled the Department of Public Instruction to take full administrative control of Technical Colleges. In 1919 Rockhampton Technical College was taken over by the Department. A High School Department within the College was opened at the same time.

In 1962 Rockhampton Technical College and Rockhampton State High School split administratively, and the High School moved to a new location.

From 1967 the College was known as the Rockhampton College of Advanced Education.

The TAFE System was introduced in Queensland in the late 1970s and from 12 October 1976 the school became the Rockhampton Technical and Further Education College.

Secretary for Public Instruction, c. 1904 - 27 Apr 1944
Minister for Public Instruction, 27 Apr 1944 - 7 Mar 1946
Secretary for Public Instruction, 7 Mar 1946 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Education, 12 Aug 1957 - 9 Jun 1960
Minister for Education and Migration, 9 Jun 1960 - 26 Sep 1963
Minister for Education, 26 Sep 1963 - 17 Jan 1968
Minister for Education and Cultural Activities, 17 Jan 1968 - 12 Oct 1976
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Queensland State Archives Agency ID11366, Rockhampton Technical College
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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