Adelaide Educational Institution in Stephens Place

The Adelaide Educational Institution was run by John Lorenzo Young from 1852 to 1880. Its history has been documented in detail by Diana Chessell in Adelaide's Dissenting Headmaster, published by the Wakefield Press in 2014.

The children of John Barton Hack — Theodore, Charles, Frank (Francis), and George Bliss — as well as the son of Stephen Hack, Wilton, all attended the school in the 1850s. Indeed, they were pupils in its early days, Theodore being the 23rd enrolment in January 1853 and George the 84th in September 1853. Wilton arrived back in South Australia from Cape Town in November 1854 and probably started attendance in January 1855.

Wilton in his Sketch of My Life, written many years later in 1907, recalled his experience:

Mother and I lived with Uncle Barton, who was doing fairly well then; and I went to school at John L Young's, then held at Stevens Place, off North Terrace. Our
play ground used to be where the Institute and Library now stands. At Young's I made good progress; he was one of the best masters I was ever under, and a most successful teacher. At Young's I stayed till I was 12 years of age, and then Mother and I went back to England...

Wilton and his mother left Adelaide in May 1857.

In her book, Chessell locates the school at two different sites along Stephens Place, on the corner of North Terrace between 1853 and 1855, and further down Stephens Place, almost midway between North Terrace abd Rundle Street, between 1856 and 1867. In point of fact, the first site never existed and the school occupied the same premises on the southwest corner of town acre 19 throughout this period. The history of the development of Stephens Place, including the Adelaide Educational Institution may be found here.