24th June 2022 – updated

Mystery Button

Can anyone identify this? It may be a school button.







The 11th Regiment of Foot

Jennens & Co London

This variation with Roman numerals dates pre 1855. This regiment served in the colonies from 1845-1857. For the later version with arabic numerals, see http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/uniform-buttons-2/companies-and-clubs-including-merchantile-marine/#Australian_National_Line

Goulburn High School

This may be a cadet button. Can anyone confirm this?

The first public (government) High School in Goulburn started in 1883 but failed due to low attendances and possibly high running costs. It also had to compete with several private high schools in the district.

Goulburn Herald (NSW), 19th July 1883 page 2. I note with displeasure that the advertised salaries were to be 400 pounds for the headmaster, but only 300 pounds for the headmistress.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post, 2nd April 1885 page 2.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post, 1st April 1886 page 4. It was closed on 30th September 1886.

The High School was re-established in 1913 from an existing public secondary school that provided only a two year course, in the Bourke Street Technical Building. A cadet corps was established by 1914.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post, 14th June 1913 page 4.

Sydney Mail, 20th July 1917 page 13. Some of the pupils with the Principal, Mr C. Blumer M.A., at the centre.

In 1927 a newly built school building was opened in Goldsmith Street, where it continues today with several extensions.

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 24th July 1927 page 36.

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