Name: Joseph McKenna
Epoch: Early 20th Century (the 'Long Early Twentieth Century')
Grouping Field: Humanities (Ideas Formatted as Ideas) and Social Science (Models)
Location Grouping: Individual's Work Location
Map Coordinates: 27°28'22.1"S 153°01'27.9"E
Years At Location: 1923-1936
One Historical Setting: Mr. Bernard (Joseph) McKenna, Under-Secretary of Education, Queensland Department of Public Instruction, Brisbane City (1923)
InformationJoseph McKenna was the Under-Secretary of the Queensland Department of Public Instruction from 1923 to 1936.
Impact On Brisbane Society
Joseph McKenna is a troubling figure in Queensland education. As Greg Logan explains, although, as a teacher, McKenna had been inculcated in the utilitarian, child-centred ‘New Education’ trends in the early twentieth century (a progressivist position for its time), McKenna resisted educational reforms for Queensland, holding the state back in the 1930s with a mission for a ‘a sturdy and intelligent rural peasantry’.
G. N. Logan, ‘McKenna, Bernard (Joseph) (1870–1937)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mckenna-bernard-joseph-7386/text12841, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 18 December 2017.
Portrait of Mr BJ McKenna. Archive: Queensland State Archives 4084, Agriculture And Stock Department, Publicity Branch [http://www.archivessearch.qld.gov.au/Image/DigitalImageDetails.aspx?ImageId=4084Preferred citation: Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 4084ID label: 1251199, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25323940]