Strathfield Girls’ High School
Together Towards Tomorrow
House competitions were held in all sports, debating and other events such as fund raising, uniform checks, etc. House points were won and lost something like at Harry Potter's school. How serious is it today? Students are assigned one of the four houses, each of which elects a captain annually and compete for the Inter-House Trophy based on the accumulated points from all the year's activities. For example in 1956, this was won by Scott house, in 1965 by Bates. I'm sure Macarthur and Chisholm won sometimes too. Where did these houses get their names?
Daisy Bates (1863 -1951) was the protector of the aborigines, many of whom were ill and blind. She devoted her life to the study of their legends, languages, and to getting government support to protect their vanishing numbers. This Irish lady wrote books and has had books written about her. On the internet one page which outlines her life and work is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daisy_May_Bates_(Australia) but there are a number of others.
Caroline Chisholm (1808-1877) is the woman famous in early Australian history as the “Emigrants’ Friend”. She campaigned for migration and employment opportunities of young women to Australia. Many books have been written about her and she spent some time on the Australian $5 note. On the internet one page which outlines her life and work is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Chisholm
Elizabeth Macarthur (1766 - 1850), wife of John Macarthur, was the real mother of Australian wool. She was a devoted wife and capable woman, guarding her husband’s interests while he was in England. At a time when the manners of the infant colony were very rough, she set an example of grace and elegance which the girls of this house could do well to emulate. On the internet one page which outlines her life and work is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Macarthur
Rose Scott (1847 - 1925) displayed practical ideals working tirelessly for the betterment of the position of women and children in society. She was one of the key figures in the turn-of-the century movement committed to the universal suffrage. She lived at home and did not marry, she devoted her life to the women's movement, being the leader and hon. corresponding secreatary of the Womanhood Suffrage League. On the internet one page which outlines her life and work is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Scott