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NEW SOUTH WALES.

COMMISSION ON PRIMARY, SECONDARY, TECHNICAL, AND

OTHER BRANCHES OF EDUCATION.

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SUMMARISED REPORTS, RECOMMENDATIONS,

CONCLUSIONS, AND
EXTENDED REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS;

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By His Excellency The Honourable SIR FREDERICK MATTHEW DARLEY, Knight Grand Cross

of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Lieutenant-Governor of the

State of New South Wales and its Dependencies, in the Commonwealth of Australia. То

George HANDLEY KNIBBS, Esquire, F.R.A.S., of Sydney, in the State of New South Wales, Greeting :

Know you, That reposing great trust and confidence in your zeal, discretion, and integrity I, SIR FREDERICK MATTHEW DARLEY, as Lieutenant-Governor of the State of New South Wales, with the advice of the Executive Council thereof, do, by these presents, appoint you, the said GEORGE HANDLEY KNIBBS, Esquire, F.R.A.S., in conjunction with JOHN WILLIAM TURNER, Esquire, to proceed to Europe and America for the purpose of inquiring into existing methods of instruction in connection with primary, secondary, technical, and other branches of education, and of recommending for adoption whatever improvements you may consider might with advantage be introduced into the State of New South Wales. Initd.-J.M.G.

Given under my Hand and the Public Seal of the State, at Sydney, in New South Wales (L.s.)

aforesaid, this tenth day of April, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and two, and in the second year of His Majesty's reign.

FREDK. M. DARLEY,

Lieutenant-Governor. By His Excellency's Command,

JOHN SEE.

Entered on Record by me, in REGISTER OF PATENTS, No. 24, page 29, this eleventh day of April, one thousand nine hundred and two. For the Colonial Secretary and Registrar of Records,

CRITCHETT WALKER,

Principal Under Secretary.

By His Excellency The Honourable SIR FREDERICK MATTHEW DARLEY, Knight Grand Cross

of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Lieutenant-Gorernor of the State of New South Wales and its Dependencies, in the Commonwealth of Australia.

To

JOHN WILLIAM TURNER, Esquire, of Sydney, in the State of New South Wales, Greeting:

Know you, That reposing great trust and confidence in your zeal, discretion, and integrity, I, Sir FREDERICK MATTHEW DARLEY, as Lieutenant-Governor of the State of New South Wales, with the advice of the Executive Council thereof, do, by these presents, appoint you, the said JOHN WILLIAM TURNER, Esquire, in conjunction with GEORGE HANDLEY KNIBBS, Esquire, F.R.A.S., to proceed to Europe and America for the purpose of inquiring into existing methods of instruction in connection with primary, secondary, technical, and other branches of education, and of recommending for adoption whatever improvements you may consider might with advantage be introduced into the State of New South Wales. Initd.-J.M.G.

Given under my Hand and the Public Seal of the State, at Sydney, in New South Wales (L.S.)

aforesaid, this tenth day of April, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and two, and in the second year of His Majesty's reign.

FREDK. M. DARLEY,

Lieutenant-Governor. By His Excellency's Command,

JOHN SEE.

Entered on Record by me, in REGISTER OF PATENTS, No. 24, page 28, this eleventh day of April, one thousand nine hundred and two. For the Colonial Secretary and Registrar of Records,

CRITCHETT WALKER,

Principal Under Secretary.

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COMMISSION ON PRIMARY, SECONDARY, TECHNICAL, AND

OTHER BRANCHES OF EDUCATION.

INTERIM REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS ON

CERTAIN PARTS OF PRIMARY EDUCATION.

To His Excellency SIR HARRY HOLDSWORTH Rawson, Admiral in the

Royal Navy, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Governor of the State of New South Wales and its Dependencies, in the Commonwealth of Australia.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY,–

We, your Commissioners, appointed on the 11th day of April, 1902, to proceed to Europe and America for the purpose of inquiring into existing methods of instruction in connection with primary, secondary, technical, and other branches of Education, and of recommending for adoption whatever improvements you may consider might with advantage be introduced into the State of New South Wales, have now the honour to submit a Report on certain parts of primary education, its organisation and administration.

Before the issue of the Commission a letter to the following effect was received each of the Commissioners from the Under Secretary of the Department of Public Instruction :

Department of Public Instruction, N.S.W., Sir,

Sydney, 8 April, 1902. In cornection with your appointment as Commissioner of Education, I am asked by Mr. Perry, the Minister of Public Instruction, to send you the following directions :

It is not desired that you should report on the general systems of education in force in the towns or countries you visit, as such inforınation can be obtained from official reports open to all readers. If, however, in any subjects taught, you find the methods or results in any European or American Schools superior to our own, you should state in detail what you consider is tho cause of the difference, and how improvement may be made here. If you find that the advantage in any subjects is on the side of this State, you should report why, in your opinion, this is so.

In visiting Technical, Commercial, Continuation, or any other schools, you should take special notice of subjects taught which have not been introduced into New South Wales, but which might with advantage be introduced. In reporting on these matters you should deal fully with the course of study, the buildings, the hours of attendance (distinguishing between day and night classes), the enrolment, the general age of pupils, whether attendance is compulsory or voluntary; if the latter, whether it is the rule or the exception for students to complete their whole course, or to discontinue their study atter the newness wears off, the teaching staff, salaries paid, total expenditure, students' fees, and other sources of income, and generally should collect such information as would assist the Government of this State, if it were thought desirable, to establish schools of the kind described. 19862 *15—(6)

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