Education and Modernism

Docomomo Australia Fiches 2007

The NSW selection reflects the important part played by the Government Architect’s office in New South Wales in advancing the cause and use of Modern architecture as an expression of an economical and functional approach to the almost overwhelming need to construct schools and technical colleges for an ever-expanding, young population. Both before and after World War II the NSW Government Architect’s Branch of the Public Works Department encouraged young architects to experiment and to use the latest designs from overseas as well as developing a local version of Modernism in response to climate and geography.

The development of the demountable classroom modules in NSW was especially important in providing economical accommodation in newly-developed suburbs and country towns as well as providing a means of accommodating students where more permanent school buildings had been destroyed by fire, etc.

The Victorian selection reflects the early and high quality uptake of Modernism for school buildings before World War II as well as the more avant-garde expressionistic architecture in Victoria in the 1970s.

(Editor Working Party: Scott Robertson)

Current name of the building: MACROBERTSON GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
Town: Melbourne, Victoria
Design by: Norman Seabrook
Date: 1933-34
Type: High School
Editor fiche: Douglas Evans
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Current name of the building: GOLDSTEIN COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF NSW
: Kensington, Sydney, NSW
Design by:
Peter Hall within the office of the NSW Government Architect (E.H. Farmer)
: 1962-64
: University residential college
Editor fiche
: Scott Robertson
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Current name of the building: HUNTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Town: Mayfield, Newcastle, NSW
Design by: Harry Rembert within the office of the NSW Government Architect
(E.E. Smith & C. Parkes)
Date: 1934-40
Type: Originally designed as Technical College (part secondary and tertiary)
Editor fiche: Scott Robertson
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Current name of the building: DEMOUNTABLE CLASSROOMS
Town: Various locations in NSW
Design by: NSW Government Architect (E.H. Farmer)
Date: 1966
Type: Primary & Secondary School modular, prefabricated, transportable classrooms
Editor fiche: Noni Boyd
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AKA Clyde Cameron Trade Union Training Academy
Town: Wodonga, Victoria
Design by: Kevin Borland in conjunction with Commonwealth Department of housing & Construction.
Date: 1975-77
Type: Originally designed as a College of Advanced Education (tertiary college)
Editor fiche: Douglas Evans
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Other educational fiches

Academy of Science 1958,
ANU, Canberra, ACT
Grounds Romberg and Boyd

University of Technology (UTS) 1968-1972,
Ku-ring-gai Campus, 100 Eton Road, Lindfield, Sydney, NSW
Architect: NSW Government Architect’s Office: Project Architect: David Turner

Adelaide High School, 1940-51, Adelaide,
EB Fitzgerald and John Brogan

CB Alexander College, 1965, NSW,
Phillip Cox and Ian Mackay

Preshil School, 1962-1972, Melbourne,
Kevin Borland