But the one that is the best is the old school work book that Elva Partington, from Heywood, Victoria, used for her schoolwork.

The book is dated from May, 1915 through to February, 1916, with this uncorrected arithmetic in the beginning of July.

I have not the foggiest who Elva was but she had a firm grip on that copperplate script writing, even if she did muck up her grammar and spelling occasionally!

Perhaps Mr V should cast his baby blues across the homework and give it a rating ?

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Have just found that Elva was born circa 1909 and remained a

I can barely make out half of the writing in it, or what exactly she's supposed to have been doing, but I'm pretty sure she made a mistake with the long multiplication down the bottom. The second 'answer' should have a 6, not an 8, so she's about 200 out.

ReplyDeleteGreat little find though!

ReplyDeleteBy the looks of it, she's attempting to calculate the number of roods in a given amount of acreage. Probably designing a theme park for her chickens or something.It's roods and chains Mr V ...you know, the stuff you teach your kids every day :P

ReplyDeleteI'll scan some of the old School Papers for you to tease your class with too, Mr V lol.

Yep, that's about it Brian. But I'm not sure about her theme park somehow...:P

Wow, very cool site!

ReplyDeleteBut . . . she was 6! Is that what you are saying? Much as we have the convenience of a metric system these days, I don't think we get 6-year-olds to calculate area, do we?

ReplyDeleteI am searching on my calculator buttons for chains and roods, but I cannot find them. Don't ask me to do any calculations with a calculator.

ReplyDeleteI imagine she would have been in a mixed grade, being a small rural school, so she may have shared her book with an older sibling perhaps Hilary?

ReplyDelete6 does seem rather young to be doing these type of calculations.

Tsk,tsk no fancy schmancy calculators, Andrew! Count 3 toes, carry 4 fingers and throw a decimal point in somewhere near the ankle...that should do it :P

Elva Partington was a descendant of the price family from Milltown. She visited us in Tasmania when she was in her eighties and I have at least one very nice photo of her.

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