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- 'The boy: his relationship to industry': George Swinburne on technical education and national building
- Love, Peter
- George Swinburne, engineer, industrialist and Liberal politician, argued that a robust technical and general education was one of the most secure foundations for individual advancement and social progress. He made his case to his friends and colleagues, his local community and the Victorian Parliament. A self-educated man, animated by a combination of muscular Christianity and Gladstonian liberalism, he believed that socially engaged good works were a practical expression of private piety. This, plus his dissatisfaction as an employer with the adequacy of the existing apprenticeship system in Victoria, inspired his campaign to set up a technical college in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne in 1908. That college, which bore his name from 1913, became a work in progress where the interaction between social liberal ideas of nation building and the more temporal constraints of practical political economy were played out. In the process, a rough model of how educational institutions might be established and sustained to serve both private and public purposes emerged. This paper examines Swinburne's vision for technical education to draw out something of the intellectual architecture of the project.
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- Conference paper
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
- Proceedings of the 11th National Labour History Conference: 'Labour history in the new century', Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 08-10 July 2009 / Bobbie Oliver (ed.), Chapter 1, pp. 5-18
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- Black Swan Press
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- This paper copyright © 2009 Peter Love. Proceedings copyright © 2009 Bobbie Oliver and individual contributors.