Disabled Soldiers' Woodworking Class 1917
Almost immediately after the outbreak of the World War I (1914-1918), many servicemen returned to Australia either physically or mentally unfit to work. Collingwood Technical School expanded its educational program when the State War Council established a Returned Soldier's Training Scheme.
Noting the potential issues of rehabilitating returned servicemen who were disabled or suffering from shell shock, the Collingwood Technical School Council noted that few of the students would be 'normal', and any attempt to train them required the best educational skills available. Via the Soldier’s Employment Bureau, candidates were chosen for instruction in basic carpentry, including toy making and other forms of wood work. Tasks included wood turning and lathe skills for the construction of picket gates, and office and verandah chairs.