Kid's Corner has games and activities for you to experience and learn what it was like to live in Darebin in the past.
Let's start at the first state school in Helen Street, Northcote. Richard Tobin was the headmaster when Northcote Primary School opened on 1 May 1874. Does he look like your prinicpal today? Of course Mr Tobin would have been younger in 1874 but this photograph was probably taken around the time he retired around 1900. He was the school principal for 25 years!
Mr Tobin's wife worked as his assistant. They had to work very hard because they were responsible for teaching AND looking after the school building and grounds. They were often mending broken fences and chasing away stray cows that got in through gaps in the fence. Northcote School was built for 250 students but by 1891 it was so popular and overcrowded that a second school had to be built in Wales Street.
Schools and teaching have changed. Some of you might still have the original school house as the main building on your school grounds but I bet that things have changed a lot in your classroom since the early days. This photograph is of the first stone being laid in the Westgarth Primary School in Clarke Street in 1924. Use your mouse to click and see how different schools were in the old days.
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