About the Dictionary

DEHANZ, the Dictionary of Educational History in Australia and New Zealand consists of entries aiming to disseminate knowledge about the history of schooling, education, childhood and youth in Australia and New Zealand. It contains entries written by experts in the field.

Soldiers and school children at the end of World War I,

Soldiers and school children at the end of World War I, South Australia, c. 1918. State Library of South Australia, PRG280/1/32/41

The Dictionary is a work in progress. It began in 2013 with less than ten entries.

The Dictionary is a project of ANZHES, the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society. This society was founded in 1970/1971. Its research journal is the History of Education Review.

The Dictionary relies on the voluntary contributions of scholars across the fields of educational, childhood and youth history. Over time the Dictionary is expected to develop as a comprehensive and reliable guide to most areas of educational history in Australia and New Zealand.

Where useful biographical information on leading educators in Australia and New Zealand is already available on-line, for example in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, this Dictionary does not seek to replicate it.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of entries. Nevertheless the editors welcome correspondence alerting them to inaccuracies or problems with any entry. The email addresses for such alerts are to be found on the Contacts page of this site.

This Dictionary was made possible by a substantial gift to ANZHES in 2012 from two distinguished historians of education in Australia: Alan Gregory and R.J.W. Selleck.