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7. Education

Image 11: Senior research students Kamali Bhagat Rajbhandary (centre) and S Sambe Gowda (right) discuss their work with fifth-year medical student Sam Abraham, University of Adelaide, 1957. These students studied in Australia under the Colombo Plan.

Image 11: Senior research students Kamali Bhagat Rajbhandary (centre) and S Sambe Gowda (right) discuss their work with fifth-year medical student Sam Abraham, University of Adelaide, 1957. These students studied in Australia under the Colombo Plan.
NAA: A1501, A1108/5
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At Federation, responsibility for education remained with the states. However, since 1901, the need for financial assistance required more involvement from the Commonwealth, particularly in tertiary education.

The Central Office of the Commonwealth Office of Education was created under the Education Act 1945. From its inception until 1950, the Education Office was responsible to the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction.

In association with the Universities Commission, which had been set up in 1942 to ensure the continued flow of properly trained graduates, the Education Office administered several schemes relating to student aid and assistance to state departments of education. From about 1950 the office was responsible for Australia's contribution of education assistance to developing nations. These schemes included the Colombo Plan, Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan and Australian South Pacific Technical Assistance Programme.

Responsibility for detailed administration of the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme and Migrant Education Scheme was transferred from the South Australian Education Department in 1951.

Records held by the Archives relating to education in South Australia include policy files, correspondence and photographs.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO EDUCATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Sydney
Recorded by: Commonwealth Office of Education, Branch Office/Department of Education, State Office, South Australia
General policy correspondence files, 1946–52 AP51/3
Commonwealth Financial Assistance Scheme policy and procedural files, 1946–50 AP3/2
Technical Co-operation Scheme (Colombo Plan) – policy and procedure files, 1953–57 AP48/3
Technical Co-operation Scheme (Colombo Plan) – policy and procedure files, 1953–57 AP114/5
Technical Co-operation Scheme (Colombo Plan) – policy and procedure files, 1953–57 AP233/3
Photographs of fellows and students under the Colombo Plan and other schemes, 1949–63 AP304/1
Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme – correspondence files, 1949–54 AP51/4
Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme – policy, liaison and procedural records, 1951–61 AP364/2
Migrant Education Scheme files extracted from registry, 1951–63 AP51/2
Migrant Education Scheme files extracted from registry, 1951–63 AP233/4
General administration files (handover from state control), 1951–68 AP483/4
Correspondence records extracted from registry, 1954–64 AP316/1
Correspondence records extracted from registry, 1951–65 AP350/1
Correspondence files, 1966–88 D387
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office/Regional Administration, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1954–97 D359
SELECTED SERIES THAT CONTAIN RECORDS RELATING TO EDUCATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Melbourne
Recorded by: Services Canteens Trust Fund, Central Office – South Australian Regional Committee
South Australian Education Scheme personal files, 1948–86 B3991
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Commissioner of Repatriation, South Australia
General policy files, 1918–65 D2048
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office/Regional Administration, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1941–54 D358
SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO EDUCATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Vocational Training Trade Schools, South Australia, 1919–20 A2487, 1920/4356
Adelaide
Tarcoola school – various correspondence, 1918–73 B300, 3207 part 2
School at Parachilna, 1931–68 B300, 7445
School cadets and National Service, 1951 D844, 101C/13/1
School cadets and National Service, 1951 D844, 101C/13/2
Italian consulate file – gifts to Adelaide University and courses in Italian at same, 1938–44 AP501/2, 34
Conditions of service – university free places and conditions of PSB examination, 1929 D1915, SA1024

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