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Descendants of Old Girls Curious about History

 

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Among the Year 7 girls are several daughters and granddaughters of Old Girls, who are particularly curious to learn what Roseville College was like for their mothers and grandmothers.

Sophie Litchfield is excited about sharing a journey with her mum and her grandmother, both of whom are Old Girls. 'My mum still has her blazer, some of her books and even her pencil case," she says. "She was Sports Captain, so it would be nice to be Sports Captain one day too. Just like her."

"I love being at a school where my mum pops up in its history every now and then; such as in School magazines, photos or on Sports Boards." says Tegan Florence. Millie Thomsen agrees, adding, "My Grandma tells stories of how happy my mum was here. Her stories made me want to come to Roseville myself."

Archivist Mrs Caroline Lovell believes that the Roseville Museum helps girls to see parts of the School's rich heritage collection dating back to 1908, while simultaneously learning about primary resource materials such as photographs, textile items (like uniforms and hats), artefacts, paper documentation and oral histories.

"While dressing up in old uniforms and hats, and exploring history boxes containing old reports, inkwells and badges, I notice girls connecting with Roseville College in a new way - I think their pride grows in being a new generation of Roseville girl and they realise they are now part of the School's history too," says Mrs Lovell.

"It also gives them a perspective on life during significant periods of Australian history, like the Second World War or Great Depression," adds Mrs Lovell, saying one of the most curious items in the history box is a large rectangle of rubber in a homemade drawstring linen bag.

"The girls guess and guess what role this item played in School life. Many are astounded to learn that all the girls had to wear these around their necks during WWII. In the case of a bombing raid nearby, the girls were required to bite the rubber between their teeth, so they wouldn't bit their tongue or shatter their teeth from the shock of impact."

The Roseville Museum experience is in its third year, as part of the students' studies about primary resource materials in Year 7 History. Mrs Lovell will present the collection to the students this Wednesday and Thursday, and play them an interview (or oral history) of an Old girl who attended the school from its opening in 1908.

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