Burwood Public School Signs

On a Monday in 1871, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a column on the opening of “a newly-erected Public school at Burwood”. The article described a “very neat Gothic building” with separate playgrounds for boys and girls and noted that “lavatories are also fitted up in a building outside”. A four-room cottage for the Master occupied a corner of the playground. The article goes on to describe the luncheon that followed the opening ceremony, which was punctuated to toasts to the Queen and the Earl of Belmore and “the Toast was drunk with cheers”. The reporter went on summarise the speeches on the importance of teaching Euclid, Latin, singing, religion, and mathematics.

More than one hundred years after this celebratory event, Burwood Public School is still the centre of good, solid education that its founders had in mind. The school approached Danthonia to fit custom, dimensional signs into the convenient apertures in the original building’s Gothic façade. The carved lettering and 23kt gold are a suitable match for the impressive architecture. We also provided the school with a lectern crest and carved crests for each of their sporting houses.