Webpage created: February 15 2016
Webpage updated: December 22, 2019
DEVONPORT SCHOOL BOARD
The first Devonport School Board was formed on Tuesday January 24th 1871.
Those elected by the population to serve on the Board were: Mr C Row (Wesleyan), 2,281 votes; Mr J Angear (Liberal Churchman), 2,054 votes; Major Lakin (Wesleyan), 1,946 votes; Rev. J Vaughan (Independent Calvanist), 1,524 votes; Rev. J Bullen (Conservative Churchman), 1,322 votes; Rev. F Bellamy (Conservative Churchman), 1,258 votes; Mr G G H E Rundle (Conservative Churchman), 1,088 votes; Mr L P Metham (Liberal Churchman), 968 votes; Mr J May (Leaguer), 892 votes; Rev. W Cross (Liberal Churchman), 761 votes; and Mr J Rolston (Leaguer), 673 votes. There were 22 other candidates, the lowest vote being pulled by Mr W Hawke, 7 votes.
The Board in 1878 consisted of Mr Joseph May (Chairman), Mr John W Ryder (vice-chairman), the Rev. John D Bullen, Mr Lorenzo P Metham, the Rev. Pitt Johnson, Mr Henry M Daly, Dr John Rolston, Mr John Frederick, Mr Henry Moorshead, the Rev. Henry Holmes, and Mr Charles Henry Bennett with Mr J J E Venning as Clerk.
The following Schools were built and opened by the School Board (in order of opening): Ford Board School (1873); Morice Town Board School (1874); Cherry Garden Street later York Street Board School (1874); Stoke Board School (1875); Cornwall Street Board School (1876); Cambridge Road Board School (1895); Stuart Road Board School (1893)l; Johnston Terrace Board School (1898); Devonport Victoria Road Board School (1900) and Montpelier Board School (1901).
The final meeting of the Devonport School Board took place on Friday May 15th 1903. The Devonport Local Education Authority, which should have taken over on Wednesday April 1st and then Friday May 1st 1903, finally took over the administration of the schools in Devonport on Monday June 1st 1903.