The employment of teachers by the State of South Australia began in 1847 with the payment of a stipend to teachers. It wasn’t until 1875 that the modern system of compulsory attendance at school for children resulted in the payment of a fixed salary to teachers by the government.
This Fact Sheet describes records held by State Records relating to the employment of teachers as government employees. This includes the training and registration of teachers, as well as employment summary records.
Most records relating to this subject were created by:
Central Board of Education, later Council of Education (GRG50)
Education Department (GRG18)
Department for Education and Children’s Services I (GA604)
Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) (GA814)
Department of Education and Children’s Services II (GA1282)
Department for Education and Child Development (GA2350)
Records relating to teachers – series held
|Series ID||Title and date range||Access||Indexes|
|GRG 18/11||Student roll books with subject studied - Adelaide Teachers' College, 1892 - 1918||Open|
|GRG 18/90||Register of teachers (later Teachers' History' registers), 1880 - 1910||Open|
|GRG 18/91||Register of provisional teachers (later 'Provisional Teachers' History' registers), 1880 - 1910||Open|
|GRG 18/109||Record of secondary teachers' qualifications and schools taught at, 1900 - 1965||Open|
|GRG 18/112||Student teacher agreements, 1892 - 1923||Open||See Special List (also available in the Research Centre)|
|GRG 18/115||Examination register (pupil teachers), 1876 - 1900||Open|
|GRG 18/116||Alphabetical register of files on the appointment of teachers, 1876 - 1887||Open|
|GRG 18/117||Alphabetical register of files on pupil and student teachers, 1882 - 1909||Open|
|GRG 18/118||Register of certificates issued - Inspector-General of Schools, 1883 - 1899||Open|
|GRG 18/119||Register of pupil teachers, 1876 - 1888||Open|
|GRG 18/120||Register of public school teachers, 1859 - 1920||Open|
|GRG 18/121||Register of provisional teachers, 1877 - 1906||Open|
|GRG 18/122||Classified lists of schools and teachers with average attendance and reports, 1897 - 1912||Open|
|GRG 18/123||'Staff book' of pupil teachers, 1900 - 1919||Open|
|GRG 18/167||Teachers' history sheets - Public School Teachers' Classification Board, later Teachers' Registration Board, 1915 - 1962||Open after 60 years|
|GRG 18/170||'South Australian Education Gazette', 1885 - 1992||Open|
|GRS 9084||Teachers' history sheets - Public School Teachers' Classification Board, later Teachers' Registration Board, 1915 - 1985||Open after 60 years|
The above is a limited selection of the most useful series only. Descriptions and access conditions for these and other series held, as well as agency descriptions and agency inventories, are available via our online catalogue, ArchivesSearch.
Need further assistance?
If you require any assistance with your research, please contact a Reference Officer by:
- visiting the State Records’ Research Centre
- completing our online enquiry form
- calling us on +61 8 8343 6800.
This Fact Sheet can also be downloaded in PDF format - Teachers pdf 63kb.