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Archives Update – Term 1 2024

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We are happy to introduce ourselves, Libby Shade and assistant, Felicity Renowden, as Preshil’s voluntary archivists. We are in attendance at Arlington every Wednesday morning. Both of us have a very strong relationship with the school, Libby having attended as a child and a parent, and Felicity as a parent. Felicity’s grandmother, Christina Piesse, was one of the original three parents who persuaded Margaret (Greta) Lyttle to teach their little children, just for a few years. Thus Preshil was born.

We have been sorting, indexing and managing the Preshil archives for ten years. People wonder what sort of information we retain. We are guided by regulations that are specified in the school archive community, in particular the legal imperative to keep certain documents for many years.

In our case, we have classified our material into the following sections: photographs and digital files; the history of the Lyttle family, the start of Preshil and legal matters; teaching philosophy and curriculum through the years; attendance registers, staff and parent lists; school administration through the decades including Council information; assorted memorabilia; school publications and publicity; buildings, history and architecture; memories and key people; child art and its significance at Preshil including the making of the curtains; Aboriginal artefacts associated with the school. In addition, we have hundreds of separate family files stored alphabetically containing material specific to individuals. These are currently being rehoused in accessible filing cabinets. We are also working on building up material on a number of topics to be loaned out to teachers.

While much of our material is confidential, we welcome enquiries and will do our best to satisfy them.

We can be contacted at archive@preshil.vic.edu.au.

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