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Miss Rees George and the Advanced School for Girls
In the days when water color paint ing, poker work and the use of the globes were considered in many quar ters the piaipntiai parts of feminine edu cation, a vastly interesting experiment was made in Adelaide in the form of the Advanced School for Girls. Miss
M. Rees George, whose death will be lamented by many hundreds of former pupils, bore in that enterprise a dis tinguished part. During her time as headmistress, she trained most of the women who after wards became leaders of their professions in South Australia. For the first time girls were educated as thoroughly as
Miss VL Bees George boys. Great Beginnings As an experiment, the Advanced School was part of that larger move ment for the effective education of women which was just beginning to star the older world. The churches had taken the lead by establishing boys' colleges, but for girls there was nothing but the email and often inefficient pri vate school. The school opened with a Govern ment grant of £1,200. It was supposed to pay its way, and the fees charged were 'equal to those of the other girls' schools, about three guineas a term, but there were half a dozen bursaries. The first name on the roll book, which is still in existence, was May Buchanan. Third Headmistress
Mrs. Stains, who afterwards became Mrs. S. Doudy. and published a success ful novel, 'The Magic of Dawn,' was the first bead mistress. Then came Mrs. S. Hubbe. Miss Bees George, who entered the school as German mistress, was the third headmistress. Well-known Pnpils The girls who passed through Miss George's very capable hands have since made *-ipir mark on tftp world. Among those educated at the Advanced School were Dr. Violet Hummer. Dr. Phoebe Chappie. Dr. Helen Mayo, Dr. Rica Hubbe, Dr. Weld, Dr. Cooper -Mrs. Newberry), Miss Vera Elite (formerly head mistress of Highclere), Miss Mabel J Baker (head mistress of Watford House), Miss Bessie Davidson, an artist with a European reputation. Miss C. Sells, Miss Maude Puddy, Miss Florence Cooke, and Miss Katherine Cooke. Agnes Storrie, the well-known poet, was another pupil, and so was Mrs. Einde, the gifted head mistress of Riverside School. Edith Dornwell (Mrs. Raymond) was the first woman to take a science degree at the Adealide Uni versity. Ada Lambert, afterwards Mrs. Buckett, of Melbourne, was a brilliant student. She carried on the work of
Professor Sir Baldwin Spencer while he conducted his researches among the aborigines of Central Australia. Miss Dorothea Proud, winner of the first Catherine Helen Spence scholarship, trained at the Advanced School, and so did Dr. £. Allen, now a well-known psychologists. Other successful school mistresses trained there were Miss Ellen Thornber, Miss Caroline Jacob, and Mrs. S. Hubbe.