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HO­BART HIGH SCHOOL TO HO­BART COL­LEGE 19132013: A REV­O­LU­TION IN STATE ED­U­CA­TION Peter Pierce and Peter Smith ( Old Ho­bar­tian As­so­ci­a­tion and Forty De­grees South, $ 50)

HO­BART High School to Ho­bart Col­lege is an am­bi­tious and im­por­tant book that will ap­peal to a wide range of his­tory lovers as well as thou­sands of Old Ho­bar­tians.

In this hefty vol­ume, Peter Pierce and Peter Smith have crafted not just the story of a school, but have chron­i­cled the his­tory of 20th­cen­tury ed­u­ca­tion in Tas­ma­nia.

In the dense, chrono­log­i­cally or­dered chap­ters, as well as the rec­ol­lec­tions by fa­mous alumni, the reader learns of the emer­gence of the three schools which col­lec­tively made Ho­bart Col­lege.

They also dis­cover the roots of many ed­u­ca­tional prac­tices.

Many may be as sur­prised as I was to learn a tra­di­tion of re­quir­ing fi ve sub­jects to en­ter univer­sity was in­tro­duced as early as 1911 and that po­lit­i­can Joseph Lyons’ sup­port of the school’s phi­los­o­phy was key to its suc­cess and pub­lic recog­ni­tion in the 1920s.

A 44- page roll call list­ing of all stu­dents from 1913- 1989 forms an­other sec­tion of the book and the en­tire text is rich in thumbprint bi­ogra­phies of stu­dents, teach­ers and even politi­cians.

Thumbprint bi­ogra­phies of lu­mi­nar­ies such as Er­rol Flynn, Tara Morice, Doc­tor of Economics Bruce Felm­ing­ham and football coach Rod­ney Eade make com­pelling read­ing and em­pha­sise what a di­verse range of alumni can call Ho­bart Col­lege their alma mater.

Es­pe­cially in­ter­est­ing is the sec­tion deal­ing with the chal­lenges of the late 1970s and ’ 80s as the au­thors dis­cuss knotty po­lit­i­cal is­sues of the time in ad­di­tion to charting de­vel­op­ments in ed­u­ca­tional the­ory.

Pre­pared for re­lease at Ho­bart High’s Cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions ear­lier this year, Ho­bart High School to Ho­bart Col­lege 19132013: A Rev­o­lu­tion in State Ed­u­ca­tion is ex­tremely well- re­searched and writ­ten, has an ear for the hu­mor­ous and an eye for vis­ual de­tail.

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