Construction of entries
Order of entries
Schools are generally arranged according to the main part of their name, e.g., The Oaks is listed as Oaks, The. Where words like The or North or Upper are treated as subsidiary.
Each school name in the database is followed by the name of the county in which the school is located. This method of geographical identification has been chosen because no other unit has had stable boundaries. Where the school has been located in more than one county because of site changes, the different county names are given; where the school's exact site cannot be established, alternative county names are given.
Types of schools
The type of school is explained in the Glossary which includes the nature and history of each type of school.
The first date given in each entry indicates the school's opening date. In most cases a month is given as well as a year. It should be noted that while the year is almost always known for certain, in some cases the only guide to the month of opening has been the appointment date of the first teacher. It is possible that the opening month given is only an approximation for a minority of schools. The convention has been adopted of using January to indicate that the school opened at the beginning of the school year, even though on many occasions the school year has begun in February.
Closed and open schools
Where a school is not now in operation, its entry ends with its closing date, for example, public school June 1900-December 1935. Where the school is currently operating, its entry end with the word open.
Many schools have had temporary closures, often for very brief periods. Closures have not been indicated if the school was operating for at least part of each calendar year. Thus the entry for Tweed Heads reads provisional school April 1876-March 1884 even though the school was closed from February 1877 to June 1878.
Where one school operates half-time with another, the partner is generally indicated, for example, half-time with Yarraman July 1890-July 1892. If a school has had four or more half-time partners these are not named, only the designation half-time being used, for example, half-time April 1886-May 1897.
House to House Schools
The designation house to house is used to indicate a teaching station in a House to House School or, where such details are not available, it may indicate the whole school. The entries do not give the names of the partner teaching stations, even when these are known.
Exact dates are sometimes not known, for example, the date at which one station became part of a House to House School or the date of the creation of a Superior Public School. Entries in a number of cases may therefore read, for example, House to House c.1882-September 1884 or Public School June 1890-c.1904.