Historical information

In February 1913 the Ballarat Junior Technical School opened its doors to its 86 pupils. The old bluestone building in the grounds of the Dana Street Primary School became their temporary for eight years. In its early years the school offered only a two-year course. The first year was of a general nature giving a thorough grounding in Mathematics and Instrumental Drawing, and introducing students to the various branches of trade work. The second-year students studied for the Junior Technical Certificate and specialized in a course of their choice - either a trade (Woodwork or Fitting and Turning) or a course leading to higher studies at the School of Mines. The photograph shows the students outside the school building. Musical instruments, trophy and shield are shown. When World War 1 began, the school formed a 16 piece Bugle Band. A squad of Junior Cadets led by Mr A Williams and later Mr H Wakeling competed at the South Street contests.
Mr A Steane (the Headmaster) is shown to the right of the bass drum.

Physical description

Black and white copy of original photograph that is mounted on brown card. Photograph shows the students and staff outside the bluestone building at Dana Street Primary School - first location of the Ballarat Junior Technical School. Drums, a shield and a trophy are located in the foreground. The Headmaster, Albert E. Steane is seated in the centre front row.