The New Plymouth Central School was opened in 1884; it was an amalgamation of several small schools operating in New Plymouth at that time - Kauwau (Miss Lydia Shaw), East School (O'Connell), West School (McKee) and Gill Street School (Miss Reeve).
The records include the minute books for the Central School Committee from 1918 to 1956, the minute book and register from the 50th Jubilee committee, five examination registers which give an incomplete coverage 1942 - 1962, the Courtenay Street (Infant) School log book 1911 - 1936, two Central School (Upper School) log books 1918 - 1970 and photographs 1890 - 1972 and a folder of examination reports for West End Infants' Public School 1886-1887.
Department
Archives
Production Date
1911-1970
1910-1919
1920-1929
1930-1939
1940-1949
1950-1959
1960-1969

Archive Contents

  Box 1

Minutes, NP Central District School Committee 1918 - 1939 (2 vol)

Folder.

List of children in irregular attendance. March 1886

School Prize Committee minutes. 4 November 1887

School Committee report from Hector Dempsey. 11 November 1887

Examination reports on West Infants Public School. December 1887 and December 1888

  Box 2

Minutes, NP Central District School Committee 1939 - 1948 (2 vol)

  Box 3

Minutes, NP Central School Committee 1948 - 56 (1 vol)

Log Book, Upper School 1918 - 1924

Log Book, Upper School 1938 - 1970

Log Book, Infant school 1911 - 1936

  Box 4

Old Pupils of Central School, minutes of general and executive meetings 1933 - 1935. Includes Old Boys Association, The Jubilee Committee 1934, the Jubilee Finance Committee 1934-35, The Old Boys Carnival Committee 1934; The Jubille Ball Committee etc, (All having Fred Coleman in the Chair) (1 vol)

The Navy League, Taranaki Branch No 153. Register of Subscribers 1909. Lists names of subscribers, rank or profession, and subs paid. (1 vol)

Text book - The Palmer Method of Business writing 1915 (1 vol)

Text book - Novello's School songs Book 352 (1 vol)

Text book - Novello's School songs Book 354 (1 vol)

Text book - handbook for committees 1950 (1 vol)

1934 Jubilee - Invitation (2 copies); Tickets to the Final Carnival Night, the fancy Dress ball and the Official opening and signing of the roll (all three tickets joined together); Programme for the 1934 Jubilee celebrations (3 copies); Order of Service for the 1934 Jubilee service (3 copies); Toast list for the Old Boys' Jubilee reunion, 1934 (3 copies); Souvenir booklet 1934 (1 copy); New Plymouth Central School Jubilee - History of the school and report of Jubilee proceedings;

1944 Diamond Jubilee - Order of Service for Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving service (2 copies);

1955 Jubilee - 'Whats on and where' (1 copy); Souvenir menu, 75th Jubilee Dinner (1 copy); Registration form, 75th Jubilee celebrations (2 copies); Central school 75th Jubilee booklet (1 copy)

Misc papers - Copy of letter to the 1934 Jubilee Committee from past pupils, specificlly those who attended O'Connell's School, also known as East School, which later became Central School. The letter includes the signatures of past pupils; Also an Inventory of items deposited in Museum by the school 18/2/1977;

Official programme, Thanksgiving Service and Registrant's letter for the Centennial 1884 - 1984

  Box 5

Miscellaneous papers

Register of registrations for the 1959 Jubilee (1 vol)

Misc photos - larger format - class photos 1948; Central School Ladies Social Committee and School staff 1937; Taranaki education Board 1934; Central School Senior Football Team 1927; Certificate for Neat Exercise - Francis Kelly; Certificate for proficiency - Francis Kelly; Certificate for Proficiency - Philip Hopkins; Certificate for neat Exercise - Philip Hopkins;

Photographs - class, staff 1890 - early 1900s

Photographs - school, staff, unveiling of Jubilee Archway 1934 - 35

Photos - class and sports teams 1950

Photos - class and sports teams 1951

Photos - soccer, rugby and basketball teams 1952

Photos - class and sports teams 1953

Photos - class (spares) 1953

Photos - class and basketball teams 1954

Photos - class 1955

Photos - class, basketball, soccer and rugby teams 1956

  Box 6

Photos - class 1957

Photos - class, basketball, soccer and rugby 1957

Photos - class, sports teams 1958

Photos - 75th jubilee and staff 1959

Photos - class and staff 1959

Photos - proof sheets of fancy dress ball 1960

Photos - staff, prefects, choir, recorder group, class 1961

Photos - sports teams 1961

Photos - class and staff 1962

Photos - class and basketball team 1963

Photos - class, staff and sports team 1965

Photos - album of class and sports teams 1965

Photos - album of staff, class and sports teams 1967

Photos - class 1968

  Box 7

Photos - sports teams, staff 1968

Photos - Greenmeadows soccer 1968

Photos - staff, sports teams 1972

Photos - proof sheets for class, team photos 1970 - 1974

Photos - class and sports temas 1970

Photos - class and sports teams 1970

Photos - class and sports teams 1972

Photos - class 1973

Photos - class 1973

Photos - class 1975

Photos - olden day study 1977

Photograph - class 1935

Photograph - class Standard 5 1913. Irene Waldock and Amy Allen identified. (1912 on reverse of image)

Photograph - Neil Wolfe. Taranaki representative and Bayly Scholarship winner. 1954

Photos - misc photos, undated

Autograph book containing "signatures of friends being ex-pupil and teachers present at the Re-union held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of your appointment as headmaster of the Central School, Oct 20 1910"

  Box 8

Photos - misc larger format

An illuminated address presented to Hector Dempsey by The New Plymouth Central School Committee marking the 25th anniversary of his 25th appointment as Head master 1910.Bound in red leather with gold embossing and a metal HD insignia on the front cover. Art work by Hooker Printing Co Ltd, New Plymouth

School Register: Class 2A June 1942 - December 1945

School Register: Class S1B, S2B, S3, 1942 - 1946

School Register: Class Std 3B, 4B, 1943 - 1946

School Register: Class Std 4A, 1942 - 1946

School Register: Class F11a, 1942 - 1946

Register of progress and Achievement: P3, 1960

1884 - 1934 Jubilee Roll. Contains names and addresses of past teachers and pupils

Register of Jubilee Donations and Souvenir booklets 1934

Selection of 1884 - 1934 jubilee ribbons.

Jubilee Committee Minute book 1944

Accession No
ARC2001-404

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