A record of a family connection with school-teaching, unbroken for more than a century, is enough to excite any reader interested in the changes that have come over schools in the past hundred years - the Forerunners offers much more than this.
It achieves the rarest of goals: it crystallizes for us the characteristic moral values of an age of pioneers. We may never again know the family as it lives for us in these pages - numerous, middle class, highly intelligent, not well endowed with worldly goods, yet enabled by personal loyalties ad common ideals to exert a singular influence in the community.
Miss Tisdall is perhaps best remembered as co-headmistress of "Rosbercon", Brighton, Victoria. She has been awarded an O.B.E. for her own remarkable services to education in Australia.
Her school is no more, but her book is not, in any case, the history of a school,. Rather it is the history of all schools: now in her eighties, the author has written a book which, as a novel, would and as a vitally important addition to social history of eduction in this country - is superb.
Jacket design by Arno Roger-Genersch
DJ torn in places, but otherwise good condition for age
Yellowing to pages
Address of previous owner on inside page
Includes family tree and black and white illustrations