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Agency ID8518
TitleBrisbane National School
Agency TypeEducation Provider
Start Date 2/4/1860
End Date 1/9/1927
Date NotesN/A

Provided primary school education.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
14720Letterbook 21/6/1859 16/2/1860
2278Admission Registers - Brisbane National School 1/4/1860 6/12/1869
12567Daily Report (Attendances) 2/4/1860 17/8/1863
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
1173Board Of National Education 2/4/1860 1/10/1860
337Board of General Education 1/10/1860 31/12/1875
32Department of Public Instruction 1/1/1876 1/9/1927
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1860, No. 11, p. 78
Queensland Government Gazette 1860, No. 61, p. 338
Votes & Proceedings, Queensland, First Session of 1863, p. 510-511
Votes & Proceedings, Queensland, Session of 1864, p. 430
Department of Education, School Files; QSA: EDU/52
Department of Education, Register of Schools, Vol 1; QSA: EDU/W1
Department of Education, School Files; QSA: EDU/Z326
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1923, Vol. 1, p.784
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1928, Vol. 1, p. 671
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Education Act 1860
State Education Acts & Amendment Acts 1875-1957
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In early 1860, the National Board of Education established the National School (Number 1) in Brisbane . The first Headmaster was John Rendall and on the opening day the attendance was 50 boys and 8 girls. The school was located in Adelaide Street and was conducted as a mixed school until 14 August 1860.

In 1862, the National School became officially known as the Normal School when it was re-organised to include a training school for teachers. In December 1862, the boys' school, and the Board of Education, moved to the new building next door at the corner of Adelaide and Edward Streets; the girls remained in the old building.

The name of the school varied, originally being the Brisbane National School, afterwards called the Brisbane Central School and then the Brisbane Normal School. After the girls and boys separated, the separate schools were referred to respectively as Brisbane Central Girls' School, (number 233), Brisbane Central Infants' School (number 234) and Brisbane Central Boys' School, the latter school retaining the number 1. In 1920, a re-organised mixed primary school called the Central State School opened. In 1922, this was superseded by the Central Practising School; again the school remained number 1.

In September 1927, the Head Master, staff and pupils of the " Central Practising School" (ie, the National or Normal School) were transferred from the old Normal buildings to the combined Boys', Girls' and Infants' Schools in Leichhardt Street. The Normal School Building erected in 1862 was demolished at the end of 1927.

N.B The closing date for the school has been given as 1 September 1927, because this is when the National/Normal School buildings were demolished.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID8518, Brisbane National School
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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