The State Records of New South Wales holds an amazing assortment of archives. While exploring the School archives I came across this wonderful photograph of Bowning Public School from about 1900 in their Photographic Collection.
Bowning Public School, c. 1900. SRNSW 15051-a047-001628
What can we see? It looks like a garden working bee. How many people are there? How many adults or teachers and how many children? There’s certainly a variety of ages.
How many children were enrolled in the years about 1900? What ages & grades were they? Who was the teacher at this time? Who took the photo? When was this building built? Is it still there?
I found 32 people including the photographer. It appears to be 23 women & 8 boys although No 30 could be a girl & no 17 in the window may be a boy. There is one woman dressed in dark clothing (21) at the back & perhaps 22 & 23 are women too while no 12 seems to be older than school age. Perhaps there are family members too.
Bowning Public School was established in 1849 and celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 1974 & produced a booklet which may shed some more clues. As yet I haven’t found a copy of it but the authors in Trove’s catalogue are worth a look.
If you know anything about Bowning School & this photo or you have others, please let me know so we can add more to their story.