Schools of Collingwood, Abbotsford and Clifton Hill

Schools of Collingwood, Abbotsford and Clifton Hill

Bitter-Roots_Sweet-Fruits-lgThis page includes a changing selection of extracts from our 2008 book Bitter roots, sweet fruit.

The maps from the book, which show the location of the 176 schools described in the book (except for a few which we have been unable to locate), can now be downloaded via the links below. They are all in pdf format and the book page reference is shown in the link text. The maps have been funded by a Yarra History grant under the City of Yarra Annual Grants Program.

Collingwood Map – 1850-1872 – p192-193 (192kb pdf file)

Collingwood Map – 1873-2008 – p194 (180kb pdf file)

Abbotsford Map – 1854-1872 – p195 (172kb pdf file)

Abbotsford Map – 1873-2008 – p196 (184kb pdf file)

Clifton Hill Map – p197 (168kb pdf file)

The detailed index prepared by Kerry Biram is now available to view and download in pdf format. By using this document you can check whether topics of interest to you are in the book.

Download the index (168kb pdf file)

If you wish to purchase the book you can get more information about ordering from our Publications page.

School 152. Clifton Hill Grammar School, 1893 – 1901

In a house still standing at 34 Berry Street, this school was at first run by Mrs Jenkins and later by Joseph Roughan, who preapred pupils for University entrance or a commercial career. Pupils included Frederick Dixon, William Maver, and Alfred Smedley

School 142. Mayfield, 1900? – 1910.

The Vale family lived in Mayfield, the house built by Georgiana and Andrew McCrae house in the 1840s. Faith was their youngest daughter and ran this school with her sister Elsie. Their talented artist sister May had given painting lessons in the family home in the 1890s.

School 139. Mrs Butcher’s Kindergarten and Infants School, 1896 – 1898.

 Margaret Butcher was the wife of William Butcher, who was in charge of the cable tramway sheds over the road from their Johnston Street house and later became the town clerk of Collingwood. The family were devoted adherents of St Philip’s Church in Hoddle Street.

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