Friday, 11 October 2013

The School Journal

The School Journal (known prior to 1949 as the The New Zealand School Journal) has provided New Zealand material for New Zealand’s children since 1907 and is thought to be the longest-running children’s serial publication in the world. It publishes articles, plays, poems and stories - as well as photographs and illustrations.

Ref: School Journal Display, Central Auckland Research Centre
Many New Zealand artists have had their work in The School Journal and the Central Auckland Research Centra is currently  displaying journal covers from Colin McCahon, John Drawbridge, Evelyn Clouston, Roger Duvoisin, Michael Cox and Terence Taylor.

Ref: School Journal Display, Central Auckland Research Centre
Dick Frizzell has said that The School Journal  is the “alternative history of New Zealand art” (A Nest of Singing Birds: 100 Years of the New Zealand School Journal by Gregory O’Brien).

Ref: School Journal Display, Central Auckland Research Centre
While Helen Moore found that, “Viewed in retrospect it is possible to sense… a ‘story’ of New Zealandness being constructed visually in the School Journal [by] …New Zealand artists....making not only visual equivalents of the written text but …communicating the complexity of identity and demonstrating creativity itself as central to the process of representing and recreating ourselves” ('Imag-ining ourselves: illustration and identity in the New Zealand School Journal', History of Education Review, Volume 37, Issue 2, page 68-78).

Ref: School Journal Display, Central Auckland Research Centre
Various holdings of the School Journal are held around the region in the research centres and Sir George Grey Special Collections. The Central Auckland Research Centre has a collection of School Journals from 1950-1990. 

Ref: School Journal Display, Central Auckland Research Centre
Author: Leanne, Central Auckland Research Centre

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