Going Away to School

The fourth radio program using interviews recorded as part of the Australian Generations Oral History Project will air on Hindsight on ABC Radio National on Sunday 1 June 2014.

IMAGE: Postcard of Rockhampton Girls' Grammar School taken ca.1895 by J. H. Lundager (courtesy of Queensland State Library)
IMAGE: Postcard of Rockhampton Girls’ Grammar School taken ca.1895 by J. H. Lundager (courtesy of Queensland State Library)

Going away to school has been part of the education of a wide range of people in Australia. This program draws on the memories of eight people born between the 1920s and the 1980s, all of whom spent part of their schooling away from home.

The circumstances varied, from an elite boarding school to a state hostel. Their experiences reflect attitudes of the time, some of which have changed, while others persist to the present day.


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