Friday, 16 January 2015

Some Head Teachers at Glen Park part 2


Walter Whittle was born in 1865. He started as a pupil teacher, assisting the Head Teacher at Kingston State School when he was only 15 years and 7 months old. He was appointed to Glen Park State School in 1907 at the age of forty-two and served as Head Teacher for eleven years. He was the second longest serving Head Teacher in the history of the school.

He had a distinguished teaching career and the Inspectors' reports spoke highly of his teaching ability. His record shows that he was a licensed teacher of singing and qualified to teach military drill.

In 1916 he transferred to South Preston S.S. and then taught at a number of other schools until his retirement in 1925 at the age of sixty. 



Agnes Hanlon, born in 1882, was the first female Head Teacher appointed to the school, although Nora Lyngberg acted in the position during 1917. Agnes gained her Merit Certificate, then became a probationary teacher in January 1901 at the age of nineteen.

She was appointed to Glen Park S.S. in 1917 during the First World War. It seems that there were a number of female Head Teachers being appointed at this time and in the years that followed. This may have resulted from the number of men being employed in essential services and fighting overseas.

Agnes Hanlon taught at the school for three and a half years and received favourable reports from the Inspector on his visits. She transferred to Bangerang West S.S., near Stawell in 1920 and was forced to retire due to ill health in 1931 at the age of forty-nine.



Horace Broderick was born in 1913. He was appointed to Glen Park State School on the 27th of January, 1941. Following a shortage of men serving in the armed services during World War Two, he applied for leave to join the Australian Military Forces early in 1942. Permission was granted on the 3rd of February, 1942. When he left the school, the position of Head Teacher was filled by J. M. Knight.  Horace Broderick returned from active service after the war and resumed teaching at Port Welshpool S.S. on December 21st. 1945.

 Class photo 1930s

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