School Days- children of the new century

Bewween 1903 and 1906 there was an incentive to photograph all of the children in the education system in Western Australia. Many of these photographs appeared in the newspapers. As with many of the schools in the outlying towns of the Goldfields, the whole school could be captured in one photograph.  It would also be the only way many parents could get a copy of a school photograph, as it would have been too expensive for many families to purchace a print.
The  young children in these photos would have been looking forward to a bright future in this new century. However, they were not to know, that many of them and their families would be decimated in the coming war of 1914-1918.

The following is a selection of some of the schools that I have found photographs of:-

Bardoc 1907

Bonnivale State School 1906

Bonnivale State School 1906

Broadarrow 1904

Broadarrow 1904

Broadarrow 1906

Broadarrow 1906

Brown Hill 1904

Brown Hill 1904

Brown Hill 1904

Brown Hill 1904

Burbanks 1906

Burbanks 1906

Boorara School 1905

Boorara School 1905

Boorara School 1905

Burtville School 1905

Coolgardie 1906

Coolgardie 1906

Davyhurst 1904

Davyhurst 1904

Kanowna 1906

Kookynie 1906

Kunanalling 1907

Kurrawang 1905

Lakeside 1904

Lakeview 1904

Laverton (Half Time) 1904

Malcolm 1906

Mount Morgans 1905

Niagara 1906

Paddington 1906

Southern Cross 1906

There is of course no names attached to these images but if you had a relative in the town at the time with children if may help you to see how the children looked and dressed at the time.

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My name is Moya Sharp, I live in Kalgoorlie Western Australia and have worked most of my adult life in the history/museum industry. I have been passionate about history for as long as I can remember and in particular the history of my adopted home the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Through my website I am committed to providing as many records and photographs free to any one who is interested in the family and local history of the region.

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Comments

  1. Looking at all those innocent faces, I can’t help but wonder what their lives were like…..

  2. Morning Ms. Sharp, would you have any school photos of Gwalia & Leonora between 1935- 1943. My friend Andrew Adamini started school at the convent and then went to the state school. His father was in the Army up there. It is his birthday on the 13th November and it would be lovely to give him a surprise.
    Many thanks for all your hard work Lenora Gregory

  3. Carole Twist says:

    Thank you for those wonderful photos and thank you for the great dedication you put into the History of the Goldfields , I enjoy every newsletter .

  4. Great photo collection. Suggest publishing one each week and asking people to name any of the children and teachers. Wonderful family history resource.

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