Historical information

Photo taken at the east end of the school.
1. Head Teacher John Brown served as HT from 1889 to his death in Sept 1906.
2. 53 Girls and 42 boys - 95 - attendance figures known between 1899 and 1906.
3. Female teacher in both photohraphs is Miss Amy E Barrowclough (Oct 1900 through 1904) [150th anniversary book incorrectly identifies her as Ellen Sweeney]
4. Youth in doorway is the Monitor, Harold Gilsenan (1904)
5. Post and rail fencing along Dalton Street (seen behind John Brown) was built in the upgrade of 1903
These facts date the photographs to be c.1904-c.1905
[Harry Gilham]

Ina Falkiner is top row 4th from left
Gertrude Falkiner is bottom row seated 4th from left.
(Identified by Gertrude's garnddaugher and Ina's great neice, Judith Vun, email 26 May 2022)

John Brown died 23 Sept 1906 after a short severe illness at age 55 and is buried in Box Hill Cemetery (Evelyn Observer 28 Sep 1906 p2). The book "We did open a school in Little Eltham" incorrectly states his date of death as 16/12/1906.

The Evelyn Observer. (1906, September 28). Evelyn Observer and Bourke East Record (Vic. : 1902 - 1917), p. 2 (MORNING.)


It is with sincere regret we record the death of Mr. John Brown, State school teacher, Eltham, which sad event took place at his residence, "Pine Brae," on Sunday night last, 23rd inst. after a severe illness of some few weeks' duration. The deceased gentleman was highly respected, and always took a lively and active interest in promoting the progress and prosperity of the district, and his loss will be much felt, He was only 55 years of age, and leaves a wife and large family to mourn their loss, and much sympathy is felt for them. The remains of the deceased were interred in the Box Hill cemetery on Wednesday afternoon last.

PANEL 1875-1920
Panels began to be produced around 1875, and were particularly suited, because of their larger size, for capturing family, or even larger, groups. They measured 8.5 by 6.5 inches (22 cm x 16.5 cm).
- Frost, Lenore; Dating Family Photos 1850-1920; Valiant Press Pty. Ltd., Berwick, Victoria 1991

Physical description

PANEL - approximately 8.5 by 6.5 inches (22 cm x 16.5 cm).
Digital file only, scanned from album in private collection