This article explores the contribution made by three influential education and child welfare administrators of the first half of the twentieth century who shared the same surname of 'Drummond' and a similar sectarian religious orientation and non-metropolitan background. The three Drummonds central to this study are two brothers and an unrelated namesake. The three well-known Drummonds played significant roles in the connected and overlapping fields of education and child welfare in New South Wales particularly from the mid-1920s to the early 1940s. They placed powerful emphasis on rural betterment in education and child health care that helped to provide a distinctive rural-conservative ideology for the State education system, particularly in the 1930s, with the purpose of preventing the urban drift from the vast countryside - the bush and the outback - in New South Wales. They were all obsessively concerned about 'a fair deal' and much better material provisions for country children. The notion of initiating, maintaining and further developing a coalition between the State, charitable organisations, responsible citizenry and the Protestant social gospel was clearly central to their interconnected and shared philosophical and educational thinking. As a study, this article draws upon on earlier research and writing by Belshaw (1981), Mitchell (1975), Barcan (1998), Godfrey (1987, 1991, 2001), Godfrey and Pouw-Bray (2000) and Ramsland (1996, 1998) and seeks to demonstrate the close involvement of the three men during their professional careers in furthering these educational ideas and pursuits as well as their sphere of influence in charitable, governmental, political and bureaucratic circles.
Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society Vol. 90, Issue 1, p. 22-35