ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0153 Canberra Nursery School Records

Scope and content notes

Call Number

HMSS 0153


Canberra Nursery School Records

Date Range 1944-1952

0.09m (1 Manuscript boxes)

Access Conditions open
Copying Conditions with attribution
Related Collections

HMSS 0141 Canberra Preschool Society Incorporated Records

The Canberra Nursery Kindergarten Association, to “promote a knowledge and understanding of the preschool child and to further the establishment of a public kindergarten in Canberra” was instituted in 1943.  It changed its name to the Canberra Preschool Society in 1955 reflecting the expansion of the government / community preschool model into the suburbs of Canberra.

Canberra Nursery School at Acton, was Canberra’s first nursery / pre-school.  The Nursery School building had originally been the isolation block of Canberra Community Hospital, but government funding enabled it to be refurbished along the lines of the Lady Gowrie Child Centres.  It was officially opened by Her Excellency, Lady Gowrie on 2 April 1944.  The first headmistress was Miss Hinsby. The building was in use as a nursery school until 1952 when it became a primary school.

Box List

Box 1 Visitors' Book 02/04/1944-1952