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Home of WA’s education innovator recognised

Jan 30, 2013

The achievements of Western Australia’s first Inspector General of Schools, Cyril Jackson, have been celebrated through the State heritage listing of his only Australian home, Daylesford in Bassendean.

State Heritage Office Executive Director Graeme Gammie said the impressive 1896 two-storey residence is rare for its fine styling both inside and out, and remains a prominent and important landmark along the Swan River.

“Daylesford represents the large and stately residences that were built by the more affluent and prominent citizens of the State around the turn of the century,” Mr Gammie said.

“Cyril Jackson was regarded as the architect of the modern education system in WA.

“His progressive ideas about how children should be educated transformed public education into an integrated system which we benefit from today.

“Cyril Jackson recognised the importance of skilled teachers, and set up vital initiatives such as the Teacher Training College at Claremont, and the institution that later became known as T.A.F.E.

“He also introduced vocational subjects, such as gardening and botany in rural towns, and woodwork, metalwork and cooking for schools in Metropolitan centres,” Mr Gammie said.

Cyril Jackson was the first Chairman of the West Guildford Road Board from 1901 to 1903, and held the Road Board meetings in Daylesford’s billiard room during that time.

After only six years in WA, on his return to Britain Cyril Jackson became the Chief Inspector to the Board of Education in London, receiving a knighthood in 1917 for services in World War 1.

Current Daylesford owner Mrs Dagmar Barnes said that since 1976 it has been a cheerful home, built for entertaining and for the enjoyment of life.

“We’ve had more than 36 wonderful years at Daylesford,” Mrs Barnes said.

“It is deserving that this beloved property has entered the State Register so it will continue to be enjoyed by future generations.”

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