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150 years: Briagolong Primary School

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

Key information

2 Church Street, Briagolong, 3860
1 October 1871
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Other names:
Briagolong School, Briagolong Common School, Briagolong State School

The history of Briagolong Primary School

  • 1871

    Briagolong opened as a common school in 1871. It replaced Rural School No. 71, Briagolong. The first head teacher was William F. Parker, who previously taught at the rural school.

  • 1873

    The school became a state school in 1873.

    Margaret Fitzgerald was the first teacher of the state school.

  • 1915

    A weatherboard classroom and sloyd room were added in 1915. Sloyd rooms were used for woodworking.

  • 1921

    100 students attended the school in 1921 and the sloyd room was used as a classroom.

  • 1937

    The school closed temporarily when a case of polio developed. 

  • 1966

    The school's recorder band was successful at the Sale Eisteddfod in 1966.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Briagolong Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Briagolong Primary School is still in operation.

Find more interesting facts about this school

The Public Records Office (PROV) is the archive of Victoria's State and local government. They look after some of our oldest school records, and we can use these records to help us understand what school life used to be like.

Now it is your turn to do some detective work. Take a look to see what information they have on this school.