GRS 11222/1 unit 1 item 4  Photograph of students and teachers 1886 to 1962We hold records about the employment of public servants, including teachers in public schools.

You can expect to find high level registers or employee sheet records on individuals. Sometimes there are also files in correspondence series for the relevant department. Comprehensive personnel files are rarely held.

For other government employment pages, see Police, Mariners and sailors and Railway Employees.

Access conditions

Records containing personal, financial or disciplinary information are typically available for general public access after 60 years.

Less detailed records about employees may be open sooner.

Indexes and special lists

Returns from Schoolmasters to Colonial Secretary 1847-1851 (GRG 24/6)

Special list for GRG 24/6 Returns from Schoolmasters to the Colonial Secretary giving names of pupils, parents and teachers, 1847 - 1851

Student teachers' agreements 1892-1923 (GRG 18/112)

This series is arranged in two parts:

  1. alphabetically by the student teacher's name
  2. by their residential location

Special list for GRG 18/112 - Student teacher agreements, 1892-1923

Records held

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)

Gazettes

South Australian Education Gazette, 1885-1992 (GRG 18/170)

Student and provisional teachers

Examination register (pupil teachers), 1876-1900 (GRG 18/115)

Register of pupil teachers, 1876-1888 (GRG 18/119)

Register of provisional teachers, 1877-1906 (GRG 18/121)

Alphabetical register of files on pupil and student teachers, 1882-1909 (GRG 18/117)

Student roll books with subject studied - Adelaide Teachers' College, 1892-1918 (GRG 18/11)

Student teachers' agreements 1892-1923 (GRG 18/112) - see special list

Register of provisional teachers (later 'Provisional Teachers' History' registers), 1880-1910 (GRG 18/91)

'Staff book' of pupil teachers, 1900-1919 (GRG 18/123)

Registered teachers

Register of public school teachers, 1859-1920 (GRG 18/120)

Alphabetical register of files on the appointment of teachers, 1876-1887 (GRG 18/116)

Register of teachers (later Teachers' History' registers), 1880-1910 (GRG 18/90)

Register of certificates issued - Inspector-General of Schools, 1883-1899 (GRG 18/118) - proof of competency as a teacher

Classified lists of schools and teachers with average attendance and reports, 1897-1912 (GRG 18/122)

Record of secondary teachers' qualifications and schools, 1900-1965 (GRG 18/109)

Teachers' history sheets - Public School Teachers' Classification Board, later Teachers' Registration Board, 1915-1962 (GRG 18/167) - these records are open after 60 years. Ask for assistance to order open access records.

Teachers' history sheets - Public School Teachers' Classification Board, later Teachers' Registration Board, 1915-1985 (GRS 9084) - these records are open after 60 years. Ask for assistance to order open access records.

Types of records

Student teachers' agreements 1892-1923 (GRG 18/112)

These agreements were made between the Minister of Education and student teachers (and parent and guardian) contracting the pupil teacher for the duration of their teacher training.

They give name, address and signature of junior teacher and parent or guardian, and witness' signature.

The series has been divided into four types of agreements:

  • Pupil teacher agreements, 1892-1912;
  • Junior teacher agreements, 1913-1920;
  • Student agreements, 1912-1923;
  • Probationary student agreements, 1921-1922.

Key facts

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.