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New South Wales - Organisation

Council of Education (1866 - 1880)

Government Agency

The Council of Education replaced the Board of National Education and the Denominational School Board on 1 January 1867 following the Public Schools Act, 1866. The Public Instruction Act, 1880, repealed the Public Schools Act and dissolved the Council of Education on 30 April 1880 to be replaced by the Department of Public Instruction.


 c. 1848 - 1866 Board of National Education
 1848 - 1866 Denominational School Board
       1866 - 1880 Council of Education
             1880 - 1915 Department of Public Instruction
                   1915 - 1989 Department of Education
                         1989 - 1997 Department of School Education
                               1997 - 2011 Department of Education and Training
                                     2011 - Department of Education and Communities

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Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Council of Education', in State Records Authority of New South Wales website, State of New South Wales through the State Records Authority of NSW 2016,; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998,

Prepared by: Melissa Downing