About Bill

Bill Edmunds was a teacher in the Tasmanian Education Department (Australia) for forty years. Thirty four of these years were spent as a school principal of primary schools ranging in size from 27 students in 1968 to 694 students during his last school appointment. Bill was principal in his last school, Lauderdale Primary School in Southeast Tasmania from January 1981 until he retired in September 2001.

Bill thoroughly enjoyed his role as primary school principal and working with the school communities in which he taught. He was Principal of Bronte Park Primary School in 1968, South Queenstown Primary School from 1969 until 1973, Havenview Primary School in Burnie in 1974 and 1975, Roseneath Primary School in Claremont (Greater Hobart) in 1976 and 1977, and started the new Green Point Primary School at Bridgewater in 1978 and continued there until 1980 before moving to one of the largest primary schools in Tasmania at Lauderdale in 1981.

Bill spent 10 years as a research assistant  to Professor Bill Mulford in the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania following his retirement from the Department of Education in September 2001. The research focused on Leadership in Education. Bill co-authored several research papers published during this very rewarding period of his professional career.

Bill enjoys writing what he calls ‘Bush Verse’ (He’s not constrained by perfection) to capture his reflections about life’s experiences, people and places of interest.

Read and enjoy


Link to Bill Mulford:

Bill Mulford – Profiles – University of Tasmania, Australia – UTAS Home
Bill is an internationally recognised educator with a deep interest in the areas of educational leadership, effective implementation of educational change and …

4 thoughts on “About Bill

  1. Well good evening Mr Edmunds. Your name came up on a Facebook enquiry regarding names of past teachers at Queenstown primary school. I recognised your name immediately. You were the Principal of Havenview Primary School when I was a student there. Yourself and Mr Coleman had a combined class years 4,5 and 6 in 1974. I fondly remember our morning assemblies and you reading chapters of Blinky Bill and The Magic Pudding. I also remember that you used to play guitar and that you and I also played our guitars together at some point in front of the class. Another fond memory was our schools production of “Jesus Christ Super Star” and a short film production of “ The Pied Piper”. And then there was the camp where we made short films and sang about the “terrible rice pudding”. Wow, what wonderful memories you have left with me. Thankyou. Carla Powell ( Vanderlinde )


    1. Thank you Carla for your kind words. I’m glad you have fond memories of your primary school experience. Teaching you all was fun and Ross and I deliberately tried to make learning for kids fun and meaningful. Stay well, Bill


  2. I too have found you whilst looking for info on south Queenstown primary. My parents are Albert and sue Jacob. Dad was science and mathematics teacher at the high school, mum was guidance officer. I was in grade 3 in 1973.


    1. Hello Mark, it is really great to hear from you. I remember you and your family very well. They were great years at South Queenstown. It is rather sad that the school, although rebuilt has been abandoned and derelict for decades. How are things with you?


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