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Mundingburra State School is one of the oldest schools in Townsville.  Established in 1884 with just 38 students, the number of enrolments grew steadily over the years as Townsville increased in population and size.

 
During World War I, membership to the school cadet corps was compulsory in most primary schools.  The basic uniform was standard khaki jacket and trousers, complete with the Digger’s ‘slouch hat’.  Rifles were issued to the boys.  From 1911, any three of five subjects – Drill, Rifle Practice, First Aid, Physical Education and Swimming – were to be taught.  Female teachers, too, were expected to give cadet training.  After 1918, the cadet program disappeared from the primary school curriculum.  

 
When the war ended in 1918, all school children were presented with Peace Medals.
World War II bought more changes to the students at Mundingburra State School.  Trenches were dug for the use of the pupils and the senior girls formed a Junior Red Cross Sewing Circle. 


With the threat of Japanese invasion in 1942, schools were closed and a quarter of Townsville’s population were moved south.
On 16 January 1942, approximately two hundred members of the 16th Service Company, Home Forces set up camp within the school grounds.  Classrooms were used as sleeping quarters and most of the under portion of the school was used as Mess Quarters for the troops.
Despite the occupancy of the school by troops, the school still operated during this period with little disruption.
It took several years after the end of the war for the school grounds to be restored to their former condition. 


Over the years, the uniform has changed, buildings have been added, curriculum has been modernised. Our school has experienced natural disasters such as Cyclone Althea in 1971.  


We have nurtured future Olympians, artists, politicians, trades and professional people as well as mums and dads who in turn, have sent their children to Mundingburra State School.  

 
We are proud to have on display some of our rich heritage.  From 1884, Mundingburra State School, a leader in Townsville education. 


 
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