Junction Park State School (1891)

Stage Number: MBSH.02.02.13

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Fairfield-Annerley

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 50 Waldheim Street

Latitude & Longitude: -27.50977778,153.03555833

Time Link: 1891

Map Link: 1891

Image Time Point: 1891

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On the 31 March 1891 the new Thompson Estate State School opened in Junction Park, the name it would adopt from 1893. Under the influencial Head Teacher, James Joseph Dempsey, the school would become a model institution in the Department of Public Instruction. The first permanent school building was described as divided by partitions into seven rooms, and each provided comfortable accommodation for about fifty pupils. Besides the classrooms were a teachers’ room and a hat and cloak room. The corridor walls were used for the pupils’ hat racks. The building was raised to a height of seven feet from the ground, forming a spacious play-shed underneath, and the structure was enclosed by front and back verandas.


The Brisbane Courier. Friday 3 April 1891, p. 4.

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 74 chains to the inch. Queensland Census Districts. City and suburbs of Brisbane. Area within a radius of 5 and 10 miles. 74 chains to the inch. Government Engraving Office, Brisbane. 634515