REUNION: Domestic Science High School Choir 1960. All former students are welcome to attend.
REUNION: Domestic Science High School Choir 1960. All former students are welcome to attend.

Old school girls love to reminisce

DO YOU remember a time when schoolgirls had to wear hats and gloves and were checked by prefects as they left the school gates?

Today's students would be surprised at what their grandparents considered normal for everyday school life, but the students at the Domestic Science School at the end of George St wouldn't have had it any other way.

The school, which was located at the end of George St in the grounds of the present QUT, closed in 1962. Girls attended from across Brisbane because it was the only state all-girls school, with mostly female teachers.

Many country girls boarded in Brisbane so they could complete their senior course at the school.

The school's building was positioned right next to Parliament House, which the girls could gaze out on from their classrooms. Although there were no grounds for the school, the botanic gardens provided ample green space for recreation.

The gardens were especially popular with the girls during the war years, when American soldiers used to also enjoy the green space. It was strictly look and no touch for the school girls, but that was still a thrill in those days.

In 1962 when the many suburban state high schools were opened, the school closed.

Reliving the strong bonds formed during their school years has become an annual celebration, with a reunion every year since 2012. Reunion organiser Mary Jacobson said the school was unique because it was girls only.

"We probably didn't appreciate it at the time, but it was special because it was only girls and not male teachers. There were only 300 students at the maximum enrolment,” Mary said.

The youngest women who attended the school are now in their early 70s and each year at the reunion many past students share their fond memories of their school days.

This year the reunion will be held on October 26 at All Saints Anglican Church Hall, 32 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill, close to Central Station.

Past students who wish to attend can contact Lorraine by email L4n44m@bigpond.com or phone 0732010241 or 0448377543.


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