Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

25 March 2019

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

150 Years of Public Education Exhibition Opening

Tasmania was the first state to introduce compulsory education in Australia in 1868, beginning a legacy of delivering what we know to be the best start in life.

2018 marked the 150th anniversary and today I was delighted to open an exhibition at Launceston Library that highlights the stories and experiences of Tasmanians in public education.

The Then, Now and Beyond exhibition will travel across the state throughout the year.

Generations of Tasmanians have benefited from the provision of formal education over our 150 year history including two of our Ambassadors of education Susan Wigg and Mali Davis who joined me to speak at the launch today.

The displays will share stories from the rich heritage that is collected and housed at Libraries around the state and in the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office collections.

The exhibition also highlights the stories of the Department of Education’s Public Education Student Ambassadors who show Tasmanians what is possible through the experience that public education brings.

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