[LMB] Women and education

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 13 17:36:23 BST 2021

From: Robert Woodward <Robert_A_Woodward at comcast.net>

The Land Ordinance of 1785 included provisions for local schools in the standard township description.

Gwynne: Interesting and useless facts: Early schools in Australia
(the colony of New South Wales, as it was then) were staffed by
convicts. It was against the law at the time to teach literacy in
Ireland, so there were some teachers amongst the early convicts.
So they were used to set up schools for the children of convicts as
the colony grew.

(The Public Service, basically the admin and office staff for the
government, started with convicts too. They used forgers and
counterfeiters, because they were also literate. This probably
explains a lot about our government.)

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