Irene Sturgess and Bette Broom admire a photograph of the Mount Morgan State School which was taken on September 15, 1908, the year in which building of the iconic first High School to be established in the State of Queensland was completed.
Irene Sturgess and Bette Broom admire a photograph of the Mount Morgan State School which was taken on September 15, 1908, the year in which building of the iconic first High School to be established in the State of Queensland was completed. Cherith Weis

Top marks for Mt Morgans school’s heritage

MOUNT Morgan State High School has been entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.

Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) Chair Professor Peter Coaldrake said the school has been in continuous operation since 1912," he said.

"The school demonstrates the way secondary and technical education was interlinked in the early 20th century, with secondary classes often established at technical colleges.

"The place retains an excellent example of a purpose-designed Technical College Building erected in 1908 to facilitate the training of a skilled workforce for Mount Morgan's mine.

"The school also retains a Science Block and Workshop constructed in 1913, and extended in 1918.

"Mount Morgan was a major mining area, which is reflected in the quality and size of the Technical College Building and the Science Block and Workshop," he said. 

Prof Coaldrake said the provision of education by the Queensland Government since 1860 was a significant aspect of the state's history.

"Mount Morgan State High School has a strong, special, and ongoing association with the local community. 

"It was established through the efforts of the people of the town and has taught generations of Mount Morgan children."

Prof Coaldrake said the school was nominated for heritage listing by the Department of Education, Training, and Employment (DETE) in Stage 3 of its comprehensive Queensland Schools Heritage Strategy. 

"This program was initiated in 1996 by DETE to identify, assess and protect Queensland schools that may be of state heritage significance," Prof Coaldrake said. 

"Over the next few years, DETE will progress 107 schools identified to be the best examples of their type for consideration by the Queensland Heritage Council for entry in the Queensland Heritage Register."  



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