NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education

NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education

The NSW Schoolhouse Museum is housed in the first school buildings of North Ryde Public School. The original schoolroom was built in 1877 and started with 45 children. A second room was added in 1893 and two further rooms were added in 1910. Each room, and the differences evident in their architecture, reflect the philosophy of education of each period - from the church-like appearance of the earliest room to the curved corners of the 1910 rooms designed to minimise dust.

The rooms have been authentically restored and furnished with original school furniture items together with displays of school equipment, student work and early teaching resources

Address: 
Cox's Road, North Ryde, NSW
Tel: 
0298051186
Hours: 
By appointment
Admission: 
Adult $2.00 (general visit); Child free (with accompanying adult); Student (school visit) $5.00.
Images
Teachers desk
Teachers desk
Maypole dancing in front of the Schoolhouse Museum
Maypole dancing in front of the Schoolhouse Museum
Facilities: 
Guided Tours, Education Programs, Brochure Information, Venue Hire, Furniture Hire.
Collection: 
The collection includes student work such as exercise books and copybooks, needlework and woodwork samples dating back to the 1870's. Also included are class registers and punishment books; early readers; texts and syllabuses including the 1880 Public Instruction Act. Other items include dumb-bells, inkbottles, inkwells, pens, original slates, original school furniture and a variety of teacher resources.
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Items

Needlework sampler

Apron Needlework Sampler

Apron Needlework Sampler
Creator:
Unknown
Description:
White fabric apron sampler used to practise a variety of stitches. Embroidered initials "MS" and "1936". Hand-stitched.
Date:
1936
Item Id Number:
2000 - 681

Ryde, Sydney

Document - syllabus

Public Instruction Act of 1880 & Regulations

Public Instruction Act of 1880 & Regulations
Creator:
Department of Public Instruction
Description:
duties of teachers and inspectors are specified. Also includes the course of instruction for schools, daily timetable and instructions relating to school routine, discipline and administration.
Date:
1886
Item Id Number:
2000 - 872

Ryde, North Ryde, Sydney

Teacher's desk

Cedar teacher's desk

Cedar teacher's desk
Creator:
Department of Public Instruction
Description:
Made from Australian red cedar and marked with metal punch "P (crown) S Jan '93"
Date:
1893
Item Id Number:
2000 - 10

Ryde, Sydney

Student workbook

Stella Pymble's Exercise Book

Stella Pymble's Exercise Book
Creator:
Stella Pymble
Description:
Subjects included in the book are geography, arithmetic, history, grammar, composition, object lessons, poetry, tables, spelling and scripture. Corrections and comments by the teacher J Taylor, thought to be at Pyrmont Public School.
Date:
1898
Item Id Number:
2000 - 287

Pyrmont Public School, Ryde, North Ryde, Sydney

School building

1877 Schoolhouse

1877 Schoolhouse
Creator:
Council of Education
Description:
Designed by government architect, G A Mansfield, in the Neo-Gothic style considered most suitable for school buildings. The schoolroom opened in January 1878 to service the rural community of the North Ryde area.
Date:
1877

Ryde, North Ryde, Sydney, North Ryde Public School