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150 years: Baringhup West Primary School

Learn about the history Baringhup West Primary School, one of Victoria's oldest public schools.

Key information

Baringhup West Road, Baringhup West, 3463
1 September 1870
1 January 1974
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Other names:
Baringhup West Common School, Baringhup West State School

The history of Baringhup West Primary School

  • 1869

    Baringhup School opened as a private school in 1869.

  • 1870

    The school became a common school in 1870, and renamed Baringhup West Common School.

    Thomas Flynn was the head teacher, and later Robert McDonald.

  • 1871

    In 1871, there were 47 students enrolled, with an average attendance of 22.

  • 1878

    By 1878 the bluestone schoolhouse could accommodate 60 students.

    It also had a four-room detached teacher's house made of timber.

  • 1940s

    The school closed in 1947.

    Mrs Anne Allen was the head teacher from 1943 to the closure.

  • 1950s

    The school reopened in 1955.

    Francis D. Taylor was head teacher until 1959.

  • 1970

    The school's name changed to Baringhup West Primary School in 1970.

  • 1974

    The school closed in 1974.

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