Orr, K, The old bark school is gone there's a brick school on the flat': reflections on the fitness for purpose of William E. Kemp's school buildings, Proceedings of Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), 05-08 July 2012, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 824-846. ISBN 9781862956582 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]
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The surviving primary evidence provided by Kemp is limited and does not extend to his thoughts about the ideological function of his schools. Thus the research supporting this paper has attempted to gain insights by examining other material from the era. This has involved searching for the scarce recorded experiences of those inhabiting the schoolrooms – the pupils (and their parents), the teachers and the district inspectors – hidden amongst the pages of school histories, archived school files, miscellaneous photographs and newspaper reports. These recorded experiences have been placed in the context of the dominant ideologies pertaining to education in the colony in the late nineteenth century: Britishness, colonial progress, patriotism, discipline and public hygiene. They have been evaluated alongside reports commissioned by the NSW Government on public education – one in 1880, looking towards the future on the eve of the Public Instruction Act, and the other in 1903, looking backwards after Kemp’s retirement. The very prolific yet incomplete historical records of New South Wales schools, the invisibility and elusiveness of their history, offer countless opportunities for reinterpretation based on the material to hand at a particular point in time.
|Item Type:||Refereed Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||William Edmund Kemp, schools, New South Wales|
|Research Division:||Built Environment and Design|
|Research Field:||Architectural History and Theory|
|Objective Division:||Cultural Understanding|
|Objective Group:||Understanding Past Societies|
|Objective Field:||Understanding Australia's Past|
|UTAS Author:||Orr, K (Professor Kirsten Orr)|
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