Wadham Preparatory School

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Wadham Preparatory School
Location
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Australia Australia
Information
TypeIndependent, Primary, Day School
DenominationNon-denominational
Establishedc.1942
FounderMiss K A Wyndham

Wadham Preparatory School[1] was a private, day, co-educational, preparatory school founded on Christian principles. The school was located at 9–11 Wallis Avenue Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia.

History[edit]

The school was established c.1942 by Miss K A Wyndham.[2] In February 1942, Wyndham purchased a house known as Telerah from the Protestant Alliance Friendly Society for £1750. The house had previously been owned by George Christie. Christie was an accountant who had served as an Alderman on Municipality of Strathfield from 1892 until 1898.[3] Upon her purchase of the property Wyndham changed the name to Wadham and opened a school. The school catered to children from pre-Kindergarten (known as nursery) to Year Five.[4] Having been an early 20th Century domestic building the house was then adapted to school use. It had been built in the Federation style and was single storied with wrap-around verandahs and a central hall. In 1957, Wadham was purchased by Meriden, a neighbouring Anglican school, and was used as a sub-primary campus principally for girls, but also for nursery and kindergarten boys. In 1967 Meriden closed the Wadham campus having purchased land for its entire junior school in Redmyre Road, Strathfield.[5] After its closure, the building was demolished and two large 1970s style face-brick houses now stand in its place at 9 and 11 Wallis Avenue Strathfield.

Kathleen Wyndham[edit]

Kathleen Aimee Wyndham was born in Forbes, New South Wales, in 1905[6] and was the middle of three children of Agnes Effie (née Finigan) and Stanley Charles Wyndham.[7] She was a great-granddaughter of Wadham Wyndham and her grandfather, Alexander Wyndham (died 1915), had arrived in Australia in the 1850s. Her father was a grocer and furniture dealer in Forbes and after his wife died in 1908, he moved to Glebe with his children who were looked after by their aunt, Rachel Kate Finigan.[8] Rachel Finigan, who had been a nurse, married Stanley Wyndham in 1911[9] and in 1912 the Wyndham family moved to 154 Albert, Strathfield.[10] Kathleen Wyndham was educated at Methodist Ladies College in Burwood,[11] and in her youth she was a competitive grade tennis player.[12] After studying under Baddie Dumolo at the Sydney Kindergarten Training College in Henrietta Street, Waverley, Wyndham graduated in 1925.[13] She became the director of the kindergarten and primary department at the Methodist Ladies College. In 1935 she undertook a seven months' tour of England, Scotland and the Continent to study the latest methods practised in early childhood education.[14] In the early 1940s Wyndham established Wadham Prepatory Wadham in the new Wyndham family home at Wallis Avenue, Strathfield. In 1954, Rachel Kate Wyndham died at home at Wadham.[15] On 7 January 1956, aged 52, Wyndham married Harold Wenham Robinson in the chapel of Wesley College, University of Sydney.[16] That year she sold Wadham to Meriden. Wyndham died aged 83 in 1988.[17]

Wyndham's elder brother was Sir Harold Wyndham CBE[18][19] who was Director-General of Education in New South Wales between 1952 and 1968. He chaired the committee whose report (referred to as "The Wyndham Report") led to the Education Act of 1961 which completely re-organised secondary education in the State.[20] Her younger brother, Norman Wyndham OBE,[21] became a surgeon, a FRCS and a major in the Australian Army in World War II. From her father's second marriage she also had a half-brother, Robert.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wadham Preparatory School Retrieved 18 August 2012
  2. ^ "Advertising". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 April 1947. p. 26. Retrieved 18 August 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ Strathfield Heritage — Wadham Preparatory School, Strathfield Retrieved 12 March 2019
  4. ^ "NORTH EAST CORNER". The Northern Star. New South Wales, Australia. 22 May 1954. p. 4. Retrieved 1 August 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Heritage Impact Statement Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  6. ^ NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Retrieved 18 August 2012
  7. ^ NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Retrieved 18 August 2012
  8. ^ Stanley Charles Wyndham Retrieved 31 August 2017
  9. ^ NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Retrieved 18 August 2012
  10. ^ "PARCELS FOR PRISONERS OF WAR". The Daily Telegraph. VI, (88). New South Wales, Australia. 3 July 1941. p. 8. Retrieved 14 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Methodist Ladies' College, Burwood". The Methodist. 45 (18). New South Wales. 2 May 1936. p. 4. Retrieved 31 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "LAWN TENNIS. Women's Grade Games". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 March 1931. p. 16. Retrieved 18 August 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ "GIRL GRADUATES". The Sun (4710). Sydney. 9 December 1925. p. 13 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "SOCIAL AND PERSONAL". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 December 1935. p. 3. Retrieved 18 August 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL". The Methodist. 63, (1). New South Wales, Australia. 2 January 1954. p. 3. Retrieved 14 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ Sun-Herald They were married Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  17. ^ My Heritage Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  18. ^ It's an Honour Retrieved 18 August 2012
  19. ^ It's an Honour Retrieved 18 August 2012
  20. ^ University of Sydney – Harold Wyndham
  21. ^ It's an Honour Retrieved 18 August 2012
  22. ^ "Family Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 December 1953. p. 12. Retrieved 18 August 2012 – via National Library of Australia.

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