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Denmark Road High School

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On 14th January,  the new building of the Girls’ High School opened in Denmark Road.

A Union Jack presented by the children of Gloucester, New South Wales, floated high above the roof on Thursday 14th January 1909 when the sparkling new building was opened by Lord Stanley.  The students and parents sat in the hall whilst the dignitaries waited outside the locked door. A gold key was presented to Lord Stanley who used it to unlock the front door. The gold key was inscribed:

“for ever open for the diffusion of sound learning and useful progress”.

Original Plans and photographs of the School


In September, a kindergarten opened on site.

According to 'My Brook became a River' Sir Robin Day (born 24.10.23-7.08.00) attended High School the Kindergarten.


The Old Girls’ Association was founded.

The Old Girls’ Association was founded.


In 1910 Miss Barwell started an alternative curriculum for the 13 to 16 year olds in which needlework, dress-making, cookery, a daily French lesson, art and music took the place of Latin and Mathematics.  The girls could also learn book-keeping and shorthand, but typing had to wait until machines could be purchased!


What's happening in history?

1st of January 1909 : Old-Age Pensions First Paid
25th of July 1909 : Louis Bleriot flies the Channel