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Bestowing 'light' upon 'the moral, physical and intellectual culture of youth': Promoting education in the New Colonial Society of Brisbane between 1846 and 1859

Moore, Keith (2005) Bestowing 'light' upon 'the moral, physical and intellectual culture of youth': Promoting education in the New Colonial Society of Brisbane between 1846 and 1859. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 37(2), pp. 203-217.

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Abstract

In 1850, in the frontier township of Brisbane, William Duncan argued articulately that National schools bestowed moral benefits to children more effectively than their denominational rivals, but the aloof and sometimes arrogant Brisbane Customs Officer lacked the skill to generate widespread support for his views. In contrast, the proprietor of the influential Moreton Bay Courier, James Swan, and his editors, were more effective. Over the next nine years, they carefully persuaded their readers of the benefits of National education. Consequently, a groundswell of support for the system accompanied the sense of community purpose that preceded Queensland's formation in 1859. The following year, a large National school commenced in Brisbane and shortly afterwards, under an Education Act passed by the new Queensland government, National schools became virtually the only educational enterprises to receive aid.

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ID Code: 9778
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Brisbane, Education, Colonial, Morality, Children
DOI: 10.1080/00220620500211072
ISSN: 1478-7431
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History and Philosophy of Education (220202)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Journal of Educational Administration and History 37(2):pp. 203-217.
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:14

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