The rise and demise of the Inspector of Schools in Queensland

Swan, Geoffrey James (2014) The rise and demise of the Inspector of Schools in Queensland. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The colony of Queensland, established on 10 December 1859, passed its first Education Act in 1860. This enabled the government to provide for the education of all children from six to twelve years of age. The Board of General Education appointed its first Inspector of Schools in 1863, and he was followed by over 400 men — and later women — to inspect schools and teachers to guarantee conformity and efficiency. In 1875, education became a ministerial responsibility and the Department of Public Instruction was established. Teachers never seemed to enjoy a friendly working relationship with inspectors, and with the establishment of the Queensland Teachers Union, hostility increased. Eventually, in 1989, the Inspector of Schools position was abolished.

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ID Code: 73585
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Moore, Keith
Keywords: Director General, education, inspector, inspection, Queensland, schools, teachers
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 09 Jul 2014 01:36
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2015 02:27

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