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Tasmania celebrates 150 Years of Public Education

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of when public education was formally made compulsory in Tasmania, and today the official celebration of this important milestone was launched.

In 1868, Tasmania was the first state to introduce compulsory education in Australia, beginning a legacy of delivering what we know to be the best start in life for all Tasmanian children. As we move into our next 150 years it is important that we share our stories of the past and our vision for the future under the theme of ‘Then, Now and Beyond.’

Celebrating and acknowledging 150 years of public education in Tasmania allows all of today’s students and those of the future to recognise the commitment that Tasmania has made in bringing our education system into the present and beyond. Generations of Tasmanians have benefited from the provision of formal education over our 150 year history and it is something we should all be very proud of.

Earlier this year, the Department of Education called for Ambassadors of Public Education, who will become the faces of the year-long celebration. These Ambassadors reflect the Department’s Values of Aspiration, Growth, Courage and Respect, and show Tasmanians what is possible through the experience that public education brings.

Ambassadors were announced at today’s launch, and they represent an exceptional cross section of the Tasmanian community and we thank them for their willingness to give back to the education system that gave them their start.

A series of initiatives have also been developed to promote the significance of public education in the Tasmanian community including school led events, a travelling exhibition and a showcase performance. The possibilities for education into the future are as exciting as they are numerous. How this current cohort of students will utilise technology and educate the next few generations is an exciting pathway to open up and explore.

Education is fundamental to the success and growth of our community. It is essential that we encourage and inspire our community to be engaged with and understand the importance of education.

150 Years of Public Education, Adult and Student Ambassadors:

Adult Ambassadors 

Tim McCormack

Jenny Gale

Susan Wigg

James Riggall

Dr Lila Landowski

Simon French

Elizabeth Crane

Clare Latham

John Xintavelonis

Ayame Ochi

Tasha Matthews

Carla Johnson

Student Ambassadors 

Toby Thorpe

Toby McKnight

Tom Rockliff

Kaytlyn Johnson

Bryher McKeown

Emily Grant

Mali Davis

Find out more about the Ambassadors