Series VPRS 9684
School Inspector's Notebooks (G.W.Brown)
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Date Range: Series By 1860 - ? 1870
  Series in Custody 1860 - 1870
  Contents 1860 - 1870
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1860 - 1862 National School Board VA 919
1862 - 1870 Board of Education VA 713
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1992 - cont Department of Education VA 3098
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  • How to use the Records
    Scan the entries in the notebooks for items of interest. Entries are in chronological order.

  • Function / Content
    This series comprises notebooks of Schools Inspector Gilbert Wilson Brown. Gilbert Wilson Brown became Organising Master and Sub-Inspector of National Schools in March 1858. In 1862 G.W. Brown was appointed as an Inspector of Schools with the Board of Education. He was subsequently appointed as the first Inspector-General of the Education Department which succeeded the Board of Education in 1873. In March 1878 he became Secretary of the Education Department.

    The role of a schools inspector included: checking compliance with the Boards regulations, viewing the teaching methods, examining the children to ascertain the efficiency of instruction, checking the school records, investigating the condition of the buildings and furniture, holding discussions with the local teacher and patrons and submitting a report on the school to the Board.

    The notebooks date from 1860 to 1870 and include the names of the students attending the schools which were visited and sometimes include comments about family and local circumstances. G.W. Brown was not the only inspector of schools so the notebooks will only relate to schools within his inspectorates.

    Vision and Realisation: A Centenary History of State Education in Victoria by L.J. Blake, published in 1973, refers to the notebooks of Gilbert Wilson Brown as having been fortuitously recovered by C.A. Housden, Education Department Libraries Service Officer 1951-1968.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The entries in the notebooks were made in chronological order according to the date of the inspection.

    One of the notebooks, dated circa 1863-1864, relates only to reports on teachers.

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