We take a look down memory lane at how our schools have changed over the decades.
We take a look down memory lane at how our schools have changed over the decades.

Amazing photos show how much schools have changed

Schools in Brisbane have changed a lot to keep up with the times.

iPads instead of books. Smart boards instead of chalk boards. Climate controlled rooms instead of opening a window.

Our schools have done their best to stay modern, but we took a trip down the photographic memory lane to she how things used to be.

 

There were lots of happy school children in 1957 when they visited a store at Rosalie where the owner was giving away free ice cream. Picture: Ray Saunders
There were lots of happy school children in 1957 when they visited a store at Rosalie where the owner was giving away free ice cream. Picture: Ray Saunders

The Queensland government was still supplying milk to kids to drink every day up until 30 or 40 years ago.

Domestic science classes were compulsory and taught students in topics such as cooking, dress making, woodwork, blacksmithing and leather work.

But until the early '80s girls could only take cooking and sewing classes, while boys could only do manual arts.

Playgrounds were much simpler. A swing, a slide, a merry-go-round and a seesaw. Some just had fields and creeks to explore.

We trawled through The Courier-Mail photo archives and the State Library of Queensland archives for these cracker photos.

 

Youngsters at the (then) Royal Children's Hospital attend school at a building beside the nurses' old recreation hall in 1939.
Youngsters at the (then) Royal Children's Hospital attend school at a building beside the nurses' old recreation hall in 1939.

 

George V1’s coronation celebrations at the Ekka in 1937. Schoolgirls pour on to the main arena.
George V1’s coronation celebrations at the Ekka in 1937. Schoolgirls pour on to the main arena.

 

Schoolgirls playing tunnel ball at the Wilston State School school sports day in 1950. Picture: Bob Barnes
Schoolgirls playing tunnel ball at the Wilston State School school sports day in 1950. Picture: Bob Barnes

 

Camp Hill State School children in 1957.
Camp Hill State School children in 1957.

 

Ashgrove State High School (now called The Gap State High) chemistry lab.
Ashgrove State High School (now called The Gap State High) chemistry lab.

 

First day at school proved an ordeal for this youngster in 1939.
First day at school proved an ordeal for this youngster in 1939.

 

Aboriginal children attending school in Normanton in 1950. Picture: Fred Carew
Aboriginal children attending school in Normanton in 1950. Picture: Fred Carew

 

Buranda State School library in 1950.
Buranda State School library in 1950.

 

South Brisbane Boys' School, 1928. check out the wrought iron on the desks.
South Brisbane Boys' School, 1928. check out the wrought iron on the desks.

 

Salisbury Creek State School studnets on a nature ramble in 1950.
Salisbury Creek State School studnets on a nature ramble in 1950.

 

School children from Waterford State School in the back of a truck to Southport for their school breaking-up day picnic in 1959. Picture: Ray Saunders
School children from Waterford State School in the back of a truck to Southport for their school breaking-up day picnic in 1959. Picture: Ray Saunders

 

Windsor State School playground.
Windsor State School playground.

 

Brisbane State High School laboratory in 1955.
Brisbane State High School laboratory in 1955.

 

Mt Gravatt East State School tree planting in 1965. Christine Kafoaloudis and Geoffery Patrick with assistant head teacher J.C. Hale. Picture: Ray Saunders
Mt Gravatt East State School tree planting in 1965. Christine Kafoaloudis and Geoffery Patrick with assistant head teacher J.C. Hale. Picture: Ray Saunders

 

School children inspecting an A.N.A aircraft at Eagle Farm airport in 1950. Picture: Bob Millar Jnr
School children inspecting an A.N.A aircraft at Eagle Farm airport in 1950. Picture: Bob Millar Jnr

 

Brisbane State High School domestic science students learning cooking.
Brisbane State High School domestic science students learning cooking.

 

Sandgate State School held its annual Fancy Dress Ball in Sandgate Town Hall in 1930 with 100 children participating in the grand march. In this photo, the boy in the middle is dressed as E. Dyer, a painter of Sandgate.
Sandgate State School held its annual Fancy Dress Ball in Sandgate Town Hall in 1930 with 100 children participating in the grand march. In this photo, the boy in the middle is dressed as E. Dyer, a painter of Sandgate.

 

Schoolgirls cheering their team along at the 1938 State School Sports event at the Exhibition Grounds.
Schoolgirls cheering their team along at the 1938 State School Sports event at the Exhibition Grounds.

 

Normanton State School in 1950. Picture: Fred Carew
Normanton State School in 1950. Picture: Fred Carew

 

Woodwork students at Salisbury State High School, 1955.
Woodwork students at Salisbury State High School, 1955.

 

Children playing with hail at Graceville State School, 1954. Picture: Jim Fenwick
Children playing with hail at Graceville State School, 1954. Picture: Jim Fenwick

 

Botle drive by schoolboys from Oakleigh State School to help to raise funds for their school, in 1956. Geoff Blower, Noel Wilson and Harry Vizer bring another load of bottles into the school yard on their billy cart. Picture: Ray Saunders
Botle drive by schoolboys from Oakleigh State School to help to raise funds for their school, in 1956. Geoff Blower, Noel Wilson and Harry Vizer bring another load of bottles into the school yard on their billy cart. Picture: Ray Saunders

 

Humpy Dumpty nursery rhyme being acted out by the children at Newmarket State School in 1941.
Humpy Dumpty nursery rhyme being acted out by the children at Newmarket State School in 1941.

 

Brisbane Bus Company crowded with school children as they leave for a school excursion in 1949.
Brisbane Bus Company crowded with school children as they leave for a school excursion in 1949.

 

Fun times at the lunch break at Windsor State School in 1950.
Fun times at the lunch break at Windsor State School in 1950.

Originally published as Days of the old school yard: see our picture gallery

Children at the Dutton Park State School received a visit from Santa just before the start of school holidays in 1950. Picture: Norm Lye
Children at the Dutton Park State School received a visit from Santa just before the start of school holidays in 1950. Picture: Norm Lye
Brisbane State High School domestic science students learning blacksmithing.
Brisbane State High School domestic science students learning blacksmithing.
Learning about decimal currency. 7th Grade boarders from Marist College, Ashgrove in 1965.
Learning about decimal currency. 7th Grade boarders from Marist College, Ashgrove in 1965.

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