It's hard to make sense of governments some times, at least by reading the news. One minute there are higher enrolments at inner-city schools because of the trend of folk living closer to the CBD and the next minute inner-city schools will be closed so that the land can be resold to drop some gold into the government's coffers.
Here is a photo of the exterior of the Brisbane Central State School - it was established in 1875. This is the St Paul's Terrace entrance, and below that is a picture of the heritage listed school buildings.
(Photo: © 2013 the foto fanatic)
The school was designed by well-known Brisbane architect RG Suter and was originally known as the Leichhardt Street State School. It consisted of three separate schools, Boys', Girls' and Infants'.
The Brisbane Normal School in Edward St closed in 1927 and the former role of that school in training teachers was taken over by the Leichhardt St School. It then became known as the Leichhardt St Practising School. It officially became known as Brisbane Central State School in 1954.
As Spring Hill developed more as a commercial rather than residential area, enrolment at the school fluctuated. The number of pupils has dropped to a couple of hundred from a peak of over one thousand in the 1930s. Hence the talk about selling the site, I suppose.
Let's hope that the heritage listing of the buildings and the well-being of the students is sufficient to prevent this from happening.
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