This Day in History: 1871-08-17

The Elementary Education Act of 1871 made attendance compulsory for children of six to fourteen years, living within three miles of a school. James Drummond Jnr., being on the Central Board of Education, had a hand in the framing of the Act.

Sources:
Perth gazette, 11 Aug. 1871, p.2; 18 Aug. 1871, p.3.
Rica Erickson. Old Toodyay and Newcastle. Toodyay Shire Council, 1974, pp. 214-216.
Rica Erickson. The brand on his coat. Hesperian Press, 2009 (c1983), p.289.