Researcher: Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt, Senior Curator, ANME.
Abstract: This project set out to identify the first school teachers to teach in the colony of NSW in the period 1788-1810. Thirty men and women have been identified as having taught in a NSW school at least for one year during the period. Of these thirty a total of seventeen were discovered to have been convicts, four were missionaries, one was a soldier and the others, free emigrants. The three most significant people contributing to the establishment of schools in the infant colony during its first twenty years were Rev. Richard Johnson, the settlement’s first chaplain, Phillip Gidley King, founder and Lieutenant Governor of Norfolk Island (1788-1797) and later third Governor of NSW (1801-1808), and Rev. Samuel Marsden.