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Margaret Lyttle, 2000

Eva Collins

type C photograph (sheet: 30.4 cm x 40.5 cm, image: 27.0 cm x 35.0 cm)

Margaret Lyttle took over Australia's oldest alternative school, Preshil (in Melbourne), when her aunt Greta Lyttle died in 1944, continuing to guide the school according to her aunt's principle that learning is a process of human mutuality. Preshil's approach is fundamentally concerned with the qualities of relationship between children and their teachers and respects the individual differences among children. In privileging individual needs, interests and capacities, the school discourages conformity and competitiveness. Her peers respect Lyttle as one of Australia's most influential and innovative educators.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003

Accession number: 2003.217

Currently not on display

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Eva Collins

Margaret Lyttle (age 88 in 2000)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.