This index was compiled by WAGS member Dr Neville Green, as part of a paper titled 'Government School Created Records in Western Australia 1891-2005 - A listing of key records in the Western Australian State Records Office'. Dr Green provided WAGS Library with a hard copy, which is available in the Library. This index will enable WAGS members and other family historians to quickly determine what archival material the WA State Records Office holds for Government Schools in the period covered. There are 2,687 records in the table. See further explanatory notes below the table. To get the best out of using the table, go to the >> Table Search Guide <<
Column headings: There are slight changes to the table headings in this index from those which Dr Green has in his original paper; this has been done for space considerations in the web page presentation. The headings in the above table refer to:
School = School; First Date = First reference date found for the school; Status = Status of School in 2005; Archived = material held by SRO; Registers = Admission registers; Journals = School journals; Inspectors = Inspectors journals; Closed = Date the School closed.
Key & Abbreviations: A- means amalgamated with another school or schools; DHS= District High School; SHS = Senior High School; HS =High School; primary school is shorted to fit the line and may be pr, pri or prim.; U/K= Unknown * = student cards not registers, ** = other student records;
Excerpt from Dr. Green's Introduction:
Three school created records of great value to researchers are the admission registers (1898-c1970) which are a valuable source of social history and genealogy; school journals in which the head teacher noted the significant events in the life of the school including attendances, earthquakes, epidemics, dust storms and general administration difficulties; inspectors’ journals in which the visiting inspectors and later superintendents reported on the quality of teaching, children’s performances and local issues pertaining to the school. Each contributes to the social history of the locality and the general history of schools and schooling in Western Australia. The survey in the present document is restricted to these three records. Of the estimated 2,600 or so schools identified, only 15 percent have archived any admission registers, school journals or inspectors’ reports since 1891 and fewer than 15 of all these schools opened since 1891 have a complete set in the archives.