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19th century readers - School Papers

In 1896, the landscape of local education changed with the introduction of the locally produced School Papers.  These were monthly productions containing poems, excerpts from literature, informational items and stories for enjoyment.  They were still Anglophile in focus, but contained local content and material written by local authors, which increased in the early 1900s.

Charles Long, who edited the School Papers, also introduced the Victorian Readers from 1928.  This series, which was to dominate Victorian schools for the next thirty years, was much more distinctively Australian, although within the context of British imperialism.  These readers particularly promoted the idea of a distinctively rural Australia, focussed on the bush and bush life.