ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0186 John Harris and Ainslie Primary School Collection

Scope and Content Notes

Call Number

HMSS 0186


John Harris and Ainslie Primary School Collection

Date Range

1937 - 1944


0.01m  (1 wallet)

Access Conditions


Copying Conditions

with attribution

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John Harris was a pupil at Ainslie Primary School. He was Boys' Vice-Captain and Dux in 1943, as well as editor of the school magazine - The Beacon.

John's father, Robert Harris, was Principal of Ainslie Primary School until after World War 2, when he transferred to Ryde Primary School in Sydney.

Ainslie Primary School had its own printery, and most of the items in this collection were printed by hand by the pupils. The illustrations are, largely, colour linocuts made by the pupils.

John Harris donated these items as a collection to the ACT Heritage Library in December 2007.

Box List



Date Range

Programme for Coronation Celebrations, Canberra

1 item

May 1937

Programme for opening of Australian War Memorial

1 item

11 November 1941

Ainslie Primary School Christmas card – includes school Honour Roll for World War II and details of the school’s war efforts

1 item


Programme for Ainslie Primary School production of ‘Toad of Toad Hall’, Albert Hall, Canberra. John Harris was Chief Weasel.

1 item

18 August [1941]

The Beacon, magazine of Ainslie Primary School:
no. 4, May 1941 (includes World War 2 Honour Roll)
no. 6, November 1942
no. 7, July 1943 (includes World War 2 Honour Roll)
no. 8, December 1943
no. 9, December 1944

5 issues