Students from Catholic schools have taken to the streets again in Goulburn to mark the 50th anniversary of an event that many believe helped change the face of education in Australia.
About 700 students representing every school in the Archdiocese walked from a nearby oval to Sts Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral to celebrate the jubilee of the Goulburn school “strike”.
In July 1962, a meeting of Catholic parents in Goulburn voted to close the doors of all schools in the parish as part of a funding dispute with the State Government.
About 1350 students flooded government schools with only some being enrolled before the protest was called off. The event is widely seen as a catalyst for the eventual granting of state aid to non-government schools in Australia.
In an address to a celebratory dinner of past students, educators and community leaders, executive director of the NSW Catholic Education Commission Dr Brian Croke said the legacy of Goulburn is to remind us not to lose sight of the underpinning principles of fairness, justice and parental rights.
“They must never be taken for granted,” he said.
Students re-enact march on 50th anniversary of strike (CathNews)