Summary

Australia Western Australia
Medal - Punctual Attendance, Education Department Western Australia c. 1900 (AD)
Mint: Perth
Other Details: Medal issued by the Education Department of Western Australia for puntucal attendance. It is not inscribed with a pupil's name. Education departments were established around Australia to ensure teaching standards and methods, as well as student achievement and attendance. The Education Department of Western Australia began operation in 1893 following amendments to the Elementary Education Act of 1871. Under the 1893 Act schools were classified; teachers were graded; teachers' positions were defined; a salary scale for teachers implemented; and the Minister was empowered to appoint and dismiss teachers. School fees were abolished; co-educational schools were permitted; and attendance was made compulsory for children between six and fourteen years old.

Physical Description

An unissued gilt prize medal (31 mm diameter) featuring a swan swimming left, award details and space for a winner's name to be engraved

Obverse Description

At centre a swan swimming to left, around EDUCATION DEPARTMENT * WESTERN AUSTRALIA *

Reverse Description

AWARDED / TO / / FOR PUNCTUAL / ATTENDANCE / EVERY SCHOOL DAY

Edge Description

Plain

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