Ryde Public School

Item details

Name of item: Ryde Public School
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Education
Category: School - State (public)
Primary address: 2 Tucker Street, Ryde, NSW 2112
Local govt. area: Ryde
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2 Tucker StreetRydeRyde  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Significant as a highly intact school externally and important public building.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 07
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Physical description: A group of one and two storey school buildings constructed in rusticated stone and face brickwork. Roofs are steeply gabled and clad in slate and corrugated sheet metal, featuring tall chimneys and decorative barge boards. The buildings are set on an elevated site and are surrounded by bitumen. Additions have occurred to the rear and side of the buildings.


Historical notes: In 1862 a campaign was begun to establish a public school in the village and this finally opened in 1868 in the premises of a former inn. Ryde's first public school opened in 1868 in a building on the corner of Parkes Street (later Blaxland Road) and Tucker Street. Less than ten years later a new public school, with an adjoining teachers' residence, was opened on the ridge of Pope Street. A local campaign for a new public school building led to the erection in 1877 of this single-storey sandstone building, designed by government architect George Allen Mansfield. It opened in May 1877 with one qualified teacher and two pupil-teachers supervising an average attendance of 113 students in that first year. It was considered "more appropriate than the old premises originally built as a public house. (ref : Sydney Morning Herald March 30 1877 p.3). North Ryde Public School also opened in 1877 and Gladesville followed in 1879. Eastwood Public School opened in 1884, intended to serve the children of the workers then constructing the Strathfield-Hornsby railway line. The opening of Ermington Public School in 1888 bought the district total to five public schools as well as one Roman Catholic School and St Anne's ladies seminary. It was another twenty years before the next public school was opened, in Marsfield in 1910. In July 1895 the teachers and scholars of Ryde Public School, together with Ryde's benefactor, Jane Darvall (see item 3.8) presented by Mr and Mrs George Lovell with an illuminated address. The address commemorated the role of the former Mayor and Mayoress of Ryde in the inauguration of Arbor Day in New South Wales five years earlier. The first Arbor Day was held at Ryde Public School on July 16 1890 on the initiative of the Minister for Public Instruction. The Ryde school grounds already contained many ornamental trees but the ceremony at Ryde was intended to give impetus to a movement to beautify school grounds throughout the colony. The first tree was planted by Lady Carrington, wife of the Governor of New South Wales. In return the Ryde school board and students presented Lord and Lady Carrington with an illuminated address, a very artistic production, designed and executed by Mr and Mrs JH Hunt, the headmaster and mistress of the school. (ref : Cumberland Argus & Fruitgrowers Advocate July 19 1890 p.8)

Recommended management:

The overall form of the building should be retained and conserved and continue as a form of educational accommodation. All remaining intact exterior and interior fabric and the curtilage should be retained. A Heritage Assessment and Master Plan is required prior to any substantial work or provision of new services. Future refurbishment should attempt to recover significance by reinstatement of a more appropriate colour scheme. Any future development should preserve the existing form and external surfaces and materials of the significant facades. Significant door and window openings should not be enlarged or closed in. Scope for development exists to the rear. Significant remaining intact interiors as noted should be protected. The exterior painted walls and windows should be painted in appropriate colours. Scope exists to interpret the various stages of the school's development. BIBLIOGRAPHY BERG, Shirley S Ryde North Public School, 1878-1978 : One Hundred Years of Service to the Community of North Ryde North Ryde Public School Centenary Committee, 1978 Ermington Public School Centenary 1888-1988 Ermington Public School, 1988 Marsfield Public School 1910-1985 Marsfield Public School, 1985 PAPAYANNI, Joan Gladesville Public School : Centenary 1879-1979 Gladesville Public School, 1979 Ryde Public School Centenary Book : 1868-1968 Ryde, FS Pacey & Sons, 1968 WILKINSON, John History of Ermington and Ermington Public School Ermington Public School Parents and Citizens' Association, 1963 WOOD, Marilyn & POWYER, Brian A chapel for the small congregation of Particular Baptists in the district had been built in 1862 on land donated by James Squire Farnell near the Catholic church, and in 1870 the Wesleyan Methodists built a new larger stone chapel fronting Church Street, opposite the court house near St Anne's. Another stone building has been built a little earlier on an adjoining lot. This was the Oddfellows' Hall which opened in December 1869. (P.16 EPH)


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLEP No. 105 17 Jan 03 14 
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