It is hoped that all school records for Stonehouse will eventually be
recorded on database. The information that is currently available is
that of the school register for Townhead
Public School (1880-1890). The
information contained in the school registers is very informative and
provides many gateways into other family historical sources. The
information recorded against each pupil or scholar is as follows :
• Registration number
• Date of admission/readmission
• Name of chiId (in full)
• Name of parent or guardian
• Whether exempt from religious
• Exact date of child’s birth
• Last school child attended
• Highest standard achieved
• Date of examination in standards
• Date of leaving
• Reason for leaving
The registration number was just a sequential number given to each
child when he/she started school.
The date of admission or readmission was simply the date the child
started school or restarted. Children could be taken out of school and
readmitted until the age of 18.
The next three sections of information, name of child, name of parent
or guardian and the address are all self-explanatory. It is envisaged
that the majority of searches will be on the child/scholar name.
Whether the child was exempt from Religious Education means as it says.
The child could if requested by the parents opt out of religious
The exact date of child’s birth is once again self-explanatory. This is
a very important piece of information because it gives the exact data
of birth from which is the key to accessing the childs birth
certificate. The birth certificate contains the place and date of the
parents marriage, therefore you can start to build your family tree.
Records show previous schools attended before joining their present
school. This may provide information on where the family resided before
moving to Stonehouse by giving the name and location of the school.
The highest standard presented and date of examination in standards
provides details on the academic qualifications gained by each child.
The six standards that a child could sit started at standard one and
finished at standard six. The highest standard presented gives the
highest qualification attained by each child and the date of
examination in standards gives the year in which each exam was sat.
The final two pieces of information, date of leaving and reason for
leaving area as they state, the exact date in which the child left
school and his reason for doing so. In the majority of cases the child
left school to work.