Timeline


-1880-
 
1883 - August
- The foundation stone for the Battery Point Model School was laid by the then Treasurer, S.J. Dodds. The building, on the corner of Hampden Rd. and Sandy Bay Rd. was designed by Henry Hunter and built by W. Andrews for the cost of 5.387 pounds.

-1910-
 
1912 - February
- A bill was passed that increased the minimum school leaving age from 13 to 14 years.
The principal of the Battery Point Model School, Richard Smith, wrote to the Director of Education stating that he was seeking temporary accommodation in the Battery Point area for about 150 pupils that could not be accommodated at the school.
The population of the Model School, that had been designed for 450 students, had risen to 922 and the need for a new school building had become obvious.

 
1913 - August
- The pupils of the Battery Point Model School marched from their old building to the new State School building in Albuera Street. Each child was given an article to carry as they marched in two lines to their new classrooms. The old school continued to be used for Trades and Home Arts classes.
 
1915 - March
- On the 1st of March 1915, the Headmaster of Albuera Street State School, Richard Smith, died, aged 64. He had served with the Tasmanian Education Department for 50 years, starting as a student teacher when he was 14 years old. Richard Smith became Headmaster of the Model School in 1899 and supervised the move to the "new" school in 1913. As a mark of respect, Albuera Street State School was closed for the day on March 3rd.

1915 also saw the death of a young teacher, Mr. A. Gordon Gibson, who was killed at the Dardanelles. He had served on the staff of Albuera Street for two years before going to war.
 
1916 - February
- In 1916 the school had an enrolment of 1053 and attendance was 82%. Edwin Duncombe was appointed Headmaster. A fair was held to help the war effort. The fair netted ₤517 of which ₤260 were paid into patriotic funds and ₤200 were donated to the Returned Soldiers and Sailors League for the purchase of a billiard table.
 
1917 - February
- After an influenza alert, all returned soldiers were placed in quarantine on Bruny Island. Albuera Street parents started a comfort fund for them and all manner of food and gifts came to the school. For many weeks senior boys loaded wheelbarrows with goods and took them to vessels under charter to the army.
 
1918 - February
- Errol Flynn enrolled as a pupil of Albuera Street State School.
Fifty three pupils passed the Qualifying Examination.
Daisy King was first with 582 marks and received the Richard Smith Memorial Prize.
 
1919 - August
- The school was closed for 7 weeks in August 1919 due to an influenza epidemic. Desks were removed from some classrooms, beds brought in and the school was used as an infirmary. Nine girls from the school volunteered to stay on to help with cooking during this period.

-1920-
 
1920 - February
- The enrolment in 1920 was 1535 and the Headmaster, Edwin Duncombe, faced the problem of serious over-crowding. Extra desks were placed along the front of many classrooms and some classes had to be moved to the old Model School and to St. George's Sunday School.
Eileen King, with 521 marks in the Qualifying Exam, won the Richard Smith Memorial Prize and Colin Philip, with 520 marks, won the Head Teacher's Prize.
 
1921 - N/A
- In the Qualifying Exam of 1921, Norman Westbrook gained 592 marks, the highest in the state, and was awarded a Junior City Bursary.
 
1922 - January
- Mrs Stephens, Infant Mistress, died suddenly on the 16th of January, 1922.
On the 25th of April the school took part in the ANZAC Day Picnic at Bellerive. Clarice Doran won the Championship for junior girls.
A sand moulding competition was held at Long Beach with Margory Ayling winning the under 10 section and Phyllis McPhee the 10-12 section.
 
1925 - February
- In 1925 the enrolment was 956. Margaret Reid was the Infant Mistress and Edwin Duncombe Head Master.
Max Angus won first prize in a poster competition with an entry titled "Made in Tasmania".
Sincere regret was expressed at the sudden death of Miss Isoline Brooke, a teacher who had endeared herself to staff and whose loss was keenly felt. The school closed for half a day as a mark of respect.
 
1927 - N/A
- Forty-one girls from Albuera Street took part in a State School concert in the City Hall. A reunion of these girls began at the time of the school's sixtieth birthday and in 1977 was attended by almost all the original singers, fifty years after the first concert.
 
1928 - February
- Violet Hallett, an Albuera Street student, won the Trans-Derwent swim for ladies as well as the cup donated by "Swim Girl Swim"
 
1929 - N/A
- In 1929 Launceston and the North West Coast were badly hit by floods. Albuera Street School contributed to the Mercury Fund for Flood Relief.

-1930-
 
1930 - February
- School enrolment was 1175. Edwin W. Duncombe was Headmaster and Margaret Reid Infant Mistress.
It was necessary for four old scholars to return to school because it was not possible for them to obtain employment.
At the 1930 Swimming Carnival, Albuera Street School won the shield.
Mary Hickson won the Smith Memorial Prize and Andrew Simpson won the state prize for an essay on Hygiene of Food and Drink.



 
1931 - N/A
- The Swimming Shield was again won by Albuera Street with 29 points out of a total of 33.
On the 18th of August, a large and enthusiastic meeting of parents decided to form the Mother's Club.
Albuera Street School obtained the best comparative examination results in the state.
Jean Lewis received a prize for full attendance for eight years.
 
1932 - N/A
- A new playground area of 1 acre, 1 rood, 2 perches was purchased for the school. This is the site of the current Albuera Street Primary School and had been part of the old St. Geoge's Burial Ground.
The Swimming Shield was won for the 6th time in succession with 31 points of a possible 33. The girls won the Condor Cup for swimming for the second time.
The Smith Memorial Prize was awarded to Jack Grange.
 
1933 - N/A
- Reg Beauchamp, an old scholar of Albuera Street, won the Tasmanian Sculling Championship for the fourth year in succession.
Jean Lewis was presented with a gold wristlet watch for ten years full attendance at the school.
The school community was saddened by the death, from diptheria, of a grade three girl.
 
1935 - February
- Arthur Buttsworth replaced Mr Duncombe as Headmaster. It is interesting to note that his salary in 1935 was ₤700.
Enrolment was down to 1027 students.
 
1937 - N/A
- The school won the ANZAC Shield at the ANZAC Commemoration Sports Carnival. It also won the swimming shield for the 13th. time.

-1940-
 
1940 - February
- Headmaster A.J.Buttsworth and Infant Mistress Margaret Reid. Enrolment at Albuera Street was down to 839.
 
1941 - N/A
- Workmen placed air raid warning sirens in postion.
The tenth aniversary of the Mother's Club was celebrated on September 18 1941.
On December 15 the school was broken into and goods for the Christmas party were stolen.
A student, Tom Frier, won the Trans Dewrwent Swim.
 
1942 - March
- Senior boys worked hard preparing air raid shelters. Military engineers reported on a scheme for trench digging in the lower playground and parents worked on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The time allowed to evacuate the school was one and a half minutes. Regular evacuation rehersals were held.
In June, a children's ball was held in the school gym in aid of Comfort Funds. The gym was also used for two days for the issue of Ration Coupons.
 
1944 - December
- On the 11th of December a farewell and presentation was given to the Headmaster, Mr Buttsworth, by the Parents & Friends Association at the Town Hall.
 
1945 - N/A
- Enrolments were down to 695. Gollan Lewis was appointed Headmaster and Margaret Reid continued in her role as Infant Mistress.
Electric bells were installed in the school.
In July, students stood in silence as a mark of respect for the late John Curtin.
 
1946 - May
- A Grand Reunion, organised by the Parents and Friends Association and the Mother's Club, was held with proceeds going to school funds.
Pupils made generous donations to the Food for Britain fund.
Doug Jager won the Trans Derwent Swim and Albuera St. won the soccer premiership and the knock-out cup.
The Tasmanian Parliament raised the minimum school leaving age from 14 to 16 years.
 
1947 - February
- The school acquired a Secondary division and despite accommodation shortages, Modern School classes for grades 7 and 8 commenced.
 
1948 - August
- On the 10th of August, The Hon.Robert Cosgrove laid the foundation stone for the new infant school, the current Albuera Street Primary School.
The Smith Memorial Prize was won by Janice Rubenach.
 
1949 - June
- The Albuera Street Australian Army Cadet Corps took part in the King's Birthday Parade and Ceremony in Parliament Square.
Five boy, Jim Dolliver, John Huxley, Alan McGuinness, Albert Seabourne and Brian Oakes, represented Tasmania at the Schoolboy Soccer Carnival in Melbourne.

-1950-
 
1950 - February
- In 1950 the enrolment was 893, 321 in the Modern School and 572 in Primary.
After 6 years at the school, the Headmaster, Gollan Lewis, was transferred to Elizabeth Street.
Kathleen A. Gordon was the Infant Mistress.
 
1951 - February
- The new Headmaster, Horace Miller, took command with an enrolment of 829. His salary at the time of his appointment was ₤1023.
The Smith Memorial Prize was won by Peter Noar and the Pratt Memorial by Gregory Walker. The Pratt Memorial Prize was established in memory of Mrs Geva Pratt, a very fine teacher who served this school for many years.
 
1952 - December
- An Albuera Street student, Don Lahey, was selected to represent Tasmania in the Schools Football Carnival in Perth and Mr T. Knight of the Modern School staff was chosen as team manager.
 
1953 - January
- The school year commenced with an enrolment of 948 students.
The Modern School won the trophy for inter-school swimming with the Primary school tying with Princes Street for first place.
The Smith Memorial Prize was won by Marlene Nicholls and the Pratt Memorial by Michael Bessell.
 
1954 - January
- There were 1003 students enrolled at the beginning of the year.
Elizabeth Patterson completed 10 years of full attendance at the school.
 
1955 - January
- Horace Miller was Headmaster and Jessie C. Finan Infant Mistress.
In April, 23 school windows were broken and 18 badly cracked as a result of blasting at the Anglesea Barracks. The Army apologised and undertook to make good the damage.
The Smith Memorial was won by Peter Woods and the Pratt Memorial by Colleen Wilson.
 
1956 - December
- The Smith Memorial Prize was won by Sandra De Soza and the Pratt Memorial by David Kennedy.
 
1957 - N/A
- The Headmaster expressed the School's pride in John Bluett who saved the life of a man who had fallen into the River Derwent.
Mrs Cotterells Prize for Needle Work was awarded to Anne Charlton.
 
1958 - February
- The school year commenced with an enrolment of 992.
In July, cord cursive writing was introduced to the school curriculum.
In August the school was broken into and the safe stole. It was thrown over the office balcony and taken away in a car.
At the end of the year the Headmaster, Mr Miller, was transferred to Lenah Valley and it was annouced that in 1959 the Secondary School would become a separate unit with Mr R.G. Featherstone as Headmaster.
Digby Ross won the Smith Memorial Prize and John McPherson the Pratt Memorial.

-1960-
 
1960 - February
- The Head Teacher of the Secondary School was R.G. Featherstone. Mr Archie Knowles was Head Teacher of the Primary School and Colleen G. Fahey was the Infant Mistress.
 
1961 - N/A
- Pupils from the "Sight Saving School" were absorbed into Albuera Street Primary.
 
1962 - N/A
- The Secondary School closed and Albuera Street, once again, became a Primary School with an Infant Department. Enrolment was down to 204 students.
 
1964 - N/A
- Mr. Hector U. Fletcher was appointed as the new Headmaster.
 
1965 - February
- Enrolment had risen again to 314. Mr Fletcher was Headmaster and Minnie Rowe Infant Mistress.
Children were learning to read with the "Initial Teaching Alphabet" and Albuera Street was the first infant school in Australia to try this method.
 
1969 - February
- Mr Pat Healy joined the staff. Mr. Healy continued as an active and influential teacher at Albuera Street until the mid 1990s.

-1970-
 
1970 - February
- Enrolment in 1970 was 250 students.
 
1972 - February
- Enrolment at Albuera Street was approximatelt 250, with 107 in the infant section and 144 in the primary school.
The Headmaster, Mr. Fletcher reported an alarming decrease in pupils in inner suburb schools.
 
1973 - N/A
- Mr W. Bowles appointed Headmaster and Albuera Street celebrated its 60th anniversary.
Prizewinners of the "Back to Albuera Street" poster competition were Lexie Thurston and Stephen Bailey Grade 6, Lesley Vaughan and Alan Pride Grade 5, Jillian Grace and Damien Holloway Grade 4, and Kim Chandler and David Paroissien Grade 3.
At the end of 1973, the Primary School moved into the building occupied by the Infant Department. The original Albuera Street school building continued to be used by the Education Department. The Bruce Hamilton Special School occupied the ground floor and the Hobart Assessment Centre the top floor.
 
1975 - February
- Enrolment was 218 and Mr W. Bowles continued as Headmaster.
 
1976 - February
- Miss Rae Parnham joined the staff and continued as an enthusiastic teacher of pupils at Albuera Street until the late 1990s.
 
1978 - February
- Mr. Philip Tyson was appointed Principal and the school celebrated its 65th anniversary.
 
1979 - February
- At the first assembly for 1979, the Principal welcomed Miss Mary Mills, the new Grade 3 teacher and several new pupils. He reported that the largest classes were grades 1,3,and 6 with 27, 28, and 27 pupils respectively. In Kindergarten the numbers were well below expectations, with only 10 children.
During the summer holidays the school office had been relocated in the foyer of the ground floor.

-1980-
 
1980 - February
- The enrolment was 202 and Mr P. Tyson was the Principal.
A regular newsletter to parents was introduced.
 
1981 - February
- A school-wide daily fitness program was started.
Computers were used in the school for the first time.
 
1982 - N/A
- Mr Tyson introduced a program in which senior retired volunteers participated in the school's curriculum by sharing their experience with pupils.
 
1983 - August
- In August the school celebrated its 70th anniversary with a week of activities including a Church Service at St. George's , an Open Afternoon and Community Singalong and Cake Cutting Ceremony.
 
1985 - February
- Enrolment was 192. Mr P. Tyson Principal.
Miss Mill's class enjoyed a visit to the Hagley Farm School in November.
 
1987 - February
- In Feburary a twilight " getting to know you" barbecue for staff pupils and families was held. This has become a regular feature of the Albuera St. school year.
 
1988 - N/A
- Bicentennial medals were presented to the whole school by Miss Dorothy Henslowe of Battery Point.
The school's 75th birthday was celebrated in August with activities including an "Old Fashioned Supper Dance" and a Church Service at St George's featuring the school choir and followed by afternoon tea.
On October the 27th and 28th, senior students presented Gilbert and Sullavan's "Pirates of Penzance" at the University Theatre in Sandy Bay.
Albuera Street students raised over $40 for the Red Cross Doorknock with a coin line which streched four times up and down the main corridor.
 
1989 - February
- Mrs Barbara Bound was Acting Principal and enrolment was a low 166.
It was decided, because of the low enrolment, to change the number of school houses from 3 to 2. Albuera House and Byron House replaced the old Sorell, Knopwood and Kelly houses.
Mrs Vertigan's Grade 3/4 took part in a week of activities at the Hagley Farm School.
Mrs Fritha Neilsen joined the staff.

-1990-
 
1990 - February
- Enrolment 180. Mrs B. Bound Principal.
 
1991 - February
- Mr Tyson returned as Principal. Enrolment was at an all-time low with 160 students.
 
1992 - February
- Peter Daniels was the new Principal and enrolment had increased to 171.
The school library was relocated from the room at the southern end of the up-stairs corridor, to its current position.
In August, the Grade Fives and Sixes all took part in a camp at the Ben Lomond ski field. Most of the children at the camp learnt to ski, with varying degrees of proficientcy.
 
1993 - February
- Jeff Brown was appointed Principal of Albuera Street and 162 students were enrolled in the school.
In August, children from Albuera St. joined with students from six other Hartz district schools to perform the ecological musical "Yanomamo" at the Wrest Point Hotel-Casino.