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Sydney University Examination

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 6:15 AM


A Group of Successful Public School Boys

Of all the educational institutions represented at the Junior University examinations recently held throughout the colony, none came through the ordeal with more satisfactory results than the Young Public School. This seminary – the destinies of which are at present, under the able direction of Mr James Rickard – sent up eight candidates for the junior and one for the Civil Service examinations. Each candidate took up seven subjects; and all passed with flying colours, obtaining 27 As, 24 Bs, and four medals, or an average of 33/8 As, 3 Bs and ½ medal. In addition to this, one pupil from Young (Master Stevenson) was awarded the J.B. Watt exhibition prize, and secured a “leg in” for the Hordern £100 prize.

Mr James Rickard has been in charge of the Young Public School since March 1886. He received his training and passed his pupil teachership in Bathurst under Mr John Dettmann, the present headmaster of the Fort-Street Model School, with whom he prosecuted his studies as a scholar and pupil teacher from the age of 10 to 19 years. Upon leaving training, Mr Rickard was appointed head master of the Mount M’Donald Public School. Thence he went to Cowra, where he remained some fifteen months before he was appointed to his present charge in the Young Public school. On the eve of his departure from Cowra, Mr Rickard was presented with a costly tea and coffee service, and a handsome illuminated address. As showing the respect in which he was held by his former pupils, it may be mentioned that no less than six of his Cowra pupils (Stevenson being one of them) followed him to Young to prosecute their studies under his direction.

Mr Rickard, who is only 25 years of age, holds 1 B certificate. In the event of Stevenson obtaining the £100 prize, Mr Rickard will be entitled to Hordern’s £25 medal. Mr Rickard is deservedly popular with parents, scholars, and teachers. He is a good disciplinarian and a first-class general, and is in many ways eminently qualified to preside over a much more important institution than the Young Public School.

John W. Stevenson is a son of Mr Robert Stevenson, forest ranger, Cowra. He was born in Cowra on June 10, 1871, and is therefore just put of his 16th birthday. He stands 6ft high, and measures 37in round the chest. Stevenson, has been trained under Mr Rickard for the past three years in Cowra and Young. At the age of 13 he passed the pupil teachers’ examination, and at 14 the Civil Service examination. He is endowed with high literary ability, and last year carried off a prize, for an essay on free trade.

Stevenson made a pass of 7 As with medals for algebra, geology and English history. He has also been awarded the J.B. Watt exhibition, the total value of which is £120, to enable him to undertake a University course, which he will enter upon next April. It is doubtful at present whether he or Master Levy, of Crown-Street Sydney, is the winner of Hordern’s £100 prize.

Hugh Spring is the third son of Mr Gerard Spring, of Moorong, formerly senior member for the district, and was born at Pine Ridge, near Mudgee, on March 1, 1872. He passed the Civil Service examination in 1885. His pass was 5 As and 1 B, with the medal for geography. He comes third for Hordern’s £100 prize.

A.J.B. Walker is the second son of Inspector Walker, of Young and was born in Glen Innes on December 3, 1872. His pass was 4 As and 3 Bs.


Martin Freudenstein was born near Young, on April 6, 1871, and is the son of Mr Freudenstein, a farmer resident at Bulla Creek, near Young. His pass was 4 As and 3 Bs.

Edward C Bluett is a son of Mr F.W. Bluett, of Wagga Wagga, where he was born on October 10, 1874. He was only 12 years of age at the time of his passing. His pass was 2 As and 5 Bs.

Gerald Spring, brother of Hugh Spring, was born at Pine Ridge Station on June 23, 1874. His pass was 2 As and 5 Bs.

G.N. Ward is the eldest son of the bandmaster of Young, and was born in Yass on December 22, 1872. He passed with 3 As and 2 Bs.

G.H. Wall is the second son of Alderman Wall, of Young. He was born in Parkes on March 4, 1872 and his pass was 5 Bs.

Cecil M’Nab, who passed the Civil Service examination, is the eldest son of the postmaster of Young. He was born at Young on September 18, 1870. At the time of passing he was only 11 years of age, and is probably the youngest successful candidate for the Civil Service this year. He was the only candidate sent from the Young school for the civil service examination.


From: Australian Town & Country Journal (Sydney NSW 1870-1907) Saturday 26 November 1887.

Young Historical Society – Brian James.

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