Exhibition celebrating Mandurah’s first female teachers launched

Former Mandurah Primary School teacher Maisie Luff and long-standing Mandurah teacher Jan Workman. PIC: City of Mandurah

A new exhibition celebrating Mandurah’s first female teachers has been launched at the Mandurah Museum for Women’s History Month. 

Women’s History Month highlights the meaningful contributions and stories that women have made to our history.

This Women’s History Month, Mandurah Museum is featuring some of the city’s most significant teachers from Mandurah’s early years. 

First settlement female teachers Mary Ann and Eliza Tuckey taught from their homes during the 1870s.  

Mary Ann Mewburn and Ellen Mulrooney taught from the old Police Barracks in the 1890s and later Dorothy Dalrymple taught at the original Mandurah School, now the Mandurah Museum building, during the early 1900s. 

Mandurah Primary School (formerly known as Hackett Street School) was established in 1939 after the closure of Mandurah School, and teachers Elizabeth Tonkin and Maisie Luff taught there for many years. 

From March 8 to April 30,  2024, the Mandurah Museum is holding a special exhibition to explore the achievements and contributions teachers made to the lives of Mandurah children.

The exhibition features photographs, documents and objects showcasing schooling during this time. 

Mandurah Museum is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 3pm. 

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