Centenary 2022

History – New Task for Justices

In 1922 Justices of the Peace, and others qualified to administer the Oath, had a new duty created one by a change in the Education Act. All teachers were required to take the Oath of Allegiance and many Justices visited schools to assist the process. Two members of the Board of Education, Messrs. J. S. Bond and A. Burns (who were also Justices of the Peace) went to the Training College in Wellesley Street to witness the signatures of the teachers taking classes there, and the whole lot were put through in something under half an hour. Each teacher swore or affirmed, “…not to be concerned in any manner, directly or indirectly, in any act which would be disloyal to His Majesty the King…”