Mission Schools

In the 1920s and 1930s Aboriginal children who lived on the government mission stations at Carowra Tank (1926-33) and Menindee (1933-49) were educated at a segregated mission school, usually by the mission manager who was not a qualified teacher.

Children rarely reached a standard beyond today’s Year 2. The childrens’ Aboriginal languages were definitely not used in the school — they were punished for using the ‘lingo’.


Taken from the book School Days — Education in Menindee by Menindee Central School, 2011