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The Book Thief

George Thomas Henry Heritage (1851-?)

George was only two when his mother died. His father appears to have understood the necessity of a good education, and all three children received just that. George must have shown some promise as a future pupil teacher when he was taken on at the Goulburn Street School at 14 years of age. In the days before a teacher’s college, pupil teachers learnt on the job from an experienced mentor.
As a qualified school master George moved around the north of the state with different appointments, before finally settling in Launceston with his wife and growing family. George and Eleanora (nee Hadfield) had ten children.
As a senior inspector of schools George was among a group of men at the forefront of revamping the education system, and improving the standard of teaching qualifications.

The Charles Street State School in Launceston.  Tasmania was the first Australian colony to have a compulsory state education system.  From 1868, school was compulsory for children aged from seven to twelve years who lived within a mile of a school.
The Charles Street State School in Launceston. Tasmania was the first Australian colony to have a compulsory state education system. From 1868, school was compulsory for children aged from seven to twelve years who lived within a mile of a school.

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