The suburb of The Gap was part of the Soldier Settlement scheme which was established by the Discharged Soldiers Settlement Act 1917. At The Gap, the Enoggera Soldier Settlement was located opposite the original school site. One of the soldier settlers at The Gap was Charles Morrison Pickering, who later became chairman of the school committee.
Correspondence on land selected by Charles Morrison Pickering at The Gap is located within the collection within the Queensland State Archives Item ID 178824 and a selection of these letters is available to view in Image Queensland, including:
- Charles Morrison Pickering’s certificate of qualification to apply for land dated 14 July 1919 (Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 22532)
- Letter to the Soldier Settlement Committee from Charles Morrison Pickering requesting to extend his loan account to purchase a new incubator dated 11 June 1920 (Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 22535)
- Charles Morrison Pickering’s License to Occupy a Perpetual Lease Selection dated 13 March 1921 (Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 22537)
The school was relocated to its present site in 1961. This was due to the region’s rapid growth from rural community to Brisbane suburb. Photographs, dated June 1961, of this site are available to view in Image Queensland (Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 18789 and Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 18790).
Queensland State Archives holds records which can be used by researchers interested in the history of The Gap State School such as:
- school admission registers for The Gap State School for the period 22/01/1912–24/01/1983 (Queensland State Archives Series ID 1474)
- an administration file which includes correspondence on The Gap State School dated 20/11/1911-22/07/1958 (Queensland State Archives Item ID 14629)
- batch files on The Gap State School created by the Department of Public Works (eg: Queensland State Archives Item ID 127024; Queensland State Archives Item ID 598509; and Queensland State Archives Item ID 598506)
Niles Elvery – Manager, Public Access, Queensland State Archives