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Perth Modern School

I was a student at Perth Modern School 1956-1960. This is a collection of images and other data relevant to my cohort.

Reunions 1963 1995 2000 2010

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Prefects 1960


Musical productions 1959-60

See also: scholarships 1955; results 1960; list of teachers 1950s; my reports.

I think 1956 was the second-last year the school was selective, before becoming comprehensive from 1958. Later, it was a music specialist school. It has now again become academically selective.
In 1959, as in other years around the time, a number of new people were admitted to the school in fourth year (now year 11) having come from high schools which only went up to the third year (or year 10).


Douglass, Angela 1988, Perth Modern School: the first ten years, MES dissertation, University of Tasmania.

Hasluck, Paul 1977, Mucking About: An Autobiography, MUP, chapter 7, 'Secondary School': 67-73.

Bolton Geoffrey 1977, 'A local identity: Paul Hasluck and Western Australian self concept', Westerly, 4.

Laing H.B 1960, 'When Modern School was exclusive', West Australian, 3 March 1960.

McColl, Judy 1993, 'Perth Modern School 1954: gender, self esteem and academic achievement', Studies in WA History, 14.

Spillman, Ken 1985, Identity Prized: A History of Subiaco, UWAP for City of Subiaco: 152-4.

Garry Gillard | New: 27 April, 2017 | Now: 8 January, 2021