Ballarat Junior Technical School

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The Ballarat Junior Technical School was a division of the Ballarat School of Mines. Boys could leave their primary school at 13 years of age and enter the Ballarat Junior Technical School of 12 months free of charge.[1]

During the first year the course was based on general lines, and was designed to assist the boy in deciding his future calling. As the year progressed teachers would gauge each students aptitude for the occupation he had selected. About one third of the time was devoted to Mathematics and Literary Subjects, one third to Drawing and one third to practical work. The Curriculum embraced the following subjects.

  • English
  • Civics
  • Geography
  • Arithmetic
  • Mensuration
  • ALgebra
  • Geometry
  • Elementary Science
  • PLane Geometry
  • Solid Geometry
  • Modelling

" Development

  • Sheet Metal
  • Woodwork
  • Freehand
  • PLant Drawing[2]

In the second year the work was more specialised and allowed the boy to follow more particularly the work leading to his future trade or profession. It included, as well as English, Mathematics and Drawing, a preliminary training in any of the following subjects to lead to the highwork in the Senior technical School (Ballarat School of Mines and Industries)

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Municipal Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Assaying and Metallurgy
  • Engineering Draughtsman
  • Architectural Draughtsman
  • Fine and Applied Art
  • Turning and Fitting
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • BLacksmithing
  • Cabinet Making
  • Sheet Metal Work
  • Postal Mechanics' Work
  • Wood Carving
  • Technical Positions in the State and Commonwealth Services. [3]

During the third year was an extension of the Second Year Course, and was designed chiefly for the following purposes: A. To give a fuller preparatory training for the diploma course of the senior school. B. To provide special training for lads who have completed two years, and are awaiting employment C. Special cases that may occur.[4]


R.L. Cutter, Mathematics and Art <1921>[5]

F.N. King, Woodwork and Trade Drawing <1921>[6]

H.W. Malin, Art <1921>[7]

Samuel H. Mayo, Mathematics and Science <1921>[8]

W.J. Paterson, English, Civics and Mathematics <1921>[9]

A.W. Steane, Headmaster 1913-1921> <1921>[10]

William J. Paterson <1921>[11]


Angus Henderson

William A. Prowse

Alan Riley

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