Progressive ideas and movements Defining Moments, 1750–1918
Investigation 3: Egalitarianism
3.3 1872 Free and compulsory education
Part of the idea of a ‘fair go’ is that everyone should have access to learning. This involves the development of literacy among all people.
How was literacy achieved in colonial Australia through free and compulsory education?
Read the information about the introduction of free and compulsory education in the Defining Moment in Australian history: 1872 Free, compulsory and secular education introduced in Victoria. Use that information to answer these questions.
Look back at the Key Questions. Which of these questions do you think you can now answer fully? Which need more research?