150 years: Braxholme Common School

Learn about the history of Braxholme Common School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Monroe Street, Branxholme, 3302
1 June 1857
30 November 1877
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Other names:
Branxholme Common School, Branxholme State School

The history of Braxholme Common School

  • 1856

    Branxholme was opened by the Church of England.

    The first head teacher was Henry T Morse and attendance was below 20.

    The school building was made using local timber.

  • 1857

    The school was reclassified as a national school.

  • 1858

    Josiah R Remfrey became head teacher in 1858. He was the son of Josiah Remfrey, once head teacher at Bridgewater and later at Heywood.

  • 1863

    The school was examined by the District Inspector.

    The school became a common school in the 1860s.


  • 1864

    An inspection did not take place because of serious illness in the district.

  • 1873

    The number of students was 73.

  • 1877

    The school in closed on 30 November 1877.

    It was immediately replaced by Branxholme State School (No. 1978) on 1 December 1877. A new school building was built, using locally handmade bricks.

Can you help us find records for this school?

The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) only hold historical correspondence records for this closed school. If you have any, or if you know of any, please let us know by emailing 150years@education.vic.gov.au