Rayment children and their edifice of knowledge at Isisford, 1909

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When: 01 July 1909

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Creator: Unidentified

Location:Isisford, Queensland

Description: Isisford 19 July 1909, To the Undersecretary, D.P.I., Herewith please find a photo on P.C. taken by myself. It represents the Rayment family and their bush school in the background. There are one or two more such as this in my district, but this is the most original. These "mites" have almost built this "Edifice of Knowledge" and take a delight in their work. At a future date I shall endeavour to give you an idea of the complete turnout, horses etc, All's well. your obedient servant, Jas J. Healy. (Information taken from original letter attached to photograph)
Probably the children of William Henry and Maria Rebecca Rayment of Isisford.

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    State Library of Queensland, Australia

    • 19/Sep/2013 01:45:01

    We searched the newspapers of the day and found this article about the education of the Rayment children, in response to a letter written by Mia Rayment, 9 years old to the Minister for Education It makes interesting reading! Education Under Difficulties. The Minister for Education has received a capitally written and well composed letter from Miss Mia Rayment, a 9 years old child, who resides with her people on a selection called Greenwoods, 12 miles from Isiford. The girl is stated by Mr. J. J. Healey, the itinerant teacher in that district, as having never attended school in this or any other State. In her letter to the Minister she sets out interesting information of her surroundings, and mentions that an elder sister taught her to write, while she receives quarterly visits from the itinerant teacher. The Hon. W.H. Barnes has replied: "My dear little friend, - It has Given me great pleasure to hear from you and to learn of your pets, but above all to know that the visits of the travelling schoolmaster are helping you get on with your lessons, and to give that knowledge which all people must have if they wish to do their full measure of good work in the world. That you may have the Happiness of achieving this is the sincere wish of your, &c., W. H. Barnes." You can see the original article here on Trove nla.gov.au/nla.news-article19634167

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    godisinusall (GreyReb or Chris)

    • 19/Sep/2013 13:28:16

    Do they live in this hut ?? Beautiful image !! Thank you for sharing !!

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    State Library of Queensland, Australia

    • 19/Sep/2013 21:10:53

    L [http://www.flickr.com/photos/greyreb] From our understanding we think this is their school room, built by them for their lessons. Very different from classrooms of today!