These registers contain annotated copies of printed annual returns of teachers such as those which appeared in the Department's annual reports. They include State, Provisional, High and Intermediate schools, Teachers' Training Colleges, Technical and Agricultural Colleges, and Commercial High schools under the control of the Department.
Details recorded include name of school, average attendance numbers of the school for the year, name of the teacher and qualifications, classification, position at the school (eg. assistant teacher, principle, etc.), salary, extra cost of living (allowances), total emoluments.
Annotations include amendments to the year's listings such as which teachers had been replaced, transferred, or corrections to names, and the inclusion of names missing from the lists.
The annotations also note (where relevant) periods of leave, retirements, resignations (Res), transfers (Tr), married teachers (M), teachers who had died, teachers undertaking teacher training, those who were to be married, etc. Most annotations also indicate a date (eg. Died 3/4/1909). For 1912 and 1913 there are two annotated copies of the annual return lists, and annotations in both show slight variations, for example one copy shows the date of a transfer, the other the name of the school the teacher was transferred to.
In addition, there are other frequent comments which may be useful to family historians such as "left his post," "free board locally," "did not resume after leave expired," "services terminated," and "left without notice."
If a school name is hand-written, this is an indication that the school is new; if a school is closed the date of closure will usually be hand-written beside the printed school name.