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Archives' document of the month

Document of the Month: September 2019

Document of the Month: Attendance Register, Llanfachraeth School, 1893

Reference Number: WA/9/20

September traditionally signifies the start of the new school term. After the summer break pupils and teachers return to school full of energy and vigour for the term ahead, and parents flood social media with the obligatory first day photo, of their beloved looking dapper in their freshly ironed, brand new uniform.

So, it’s a document from the education collection that is featured this month, and we go back to 1893/94. This is the admission register for Llanfachraeth School for that year. It’s a fascinating document and contains a wealth of information, such as pupils’ names, age, date of birth, address and parents’ names even previous school if applicable. All written beautifully in perfect handwriting, and the document is in superb condition for its age. This particular example has also been completed very conscientiously with no gaps and all information recorded accurately. We can safely assume that the head teacher at Llanfachraeth at the time had a keen eye for detail and ran a tight ship.

The information within these old school records can be an invaluable tool when researching your family history, for example if your ancestors moved around between censuses, then there is a chance that they can be picked up in old school registers or logbooks. 

To see the document in more detail please see the attachment below.

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