Convict and emancipist teachers – New South Wales, 1789-1830

Between 1789 and 1830 approximately half of the teachers who taught in the schools of the colony of New South Wales arrived as convicts. This entry, in the Dictionary of Educational History in Australia and New Zealand by Geoffrey Burkhardt, explores the use of convicts as teachers in early colonial schools and asks why there was a need for school teachers in what was founded as a penal colony.  Why were convicts and emancipists employed as teachers during the formative years of the colony? Who were these convicts and emancipists? What were their crimes and what did they teach? New

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