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150 years: Campbellfield Primary School

Learn about the history of Campbellfield Primary School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Augusta Avenue, Campbellfield, 3061
1 February 1846
19 December 1992
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Other names:
Campbellfield School, Campbellfield Common School, Campbellfield State School

The history of Campbellfield Primary School

  • 1846

    Campbellfield opened in 1846 in a leased building. It is the oldest school on record. The first head teacher was Benjamin Perry.

  • 1849

    Campbellfield was the first school to receive state aid.

  • 1851

     Enrolment was 39 (20 girls and 19 boys).

  • 1891

    A single room brick school building opened on the west side of Sydney Road.

    The school grounds included rock gardens, shrubs, trees and a pony paddock.

  • 1961

    The school moved to Augusta Avenue when the new Hume Highway was widened. The new school building had four-rooms.

    There were 77 students enrolled.

  • 1968

    A portable classroom was added when enrolment increase to 204.

  • 1970

    The name of the school changed to Campbellfield Primary School in 1970. 

  • 1992

    The school closed in 1992. 

    Head teachers included:

    • Benjmen Perry Andrew Hanna
    • John R Scott
    • Gustavus A Swan
    • Frederick Hamilton
    • Thomas Skewes
    • George Hallam
    • George Monks
    • Patrick Birmingham
    • Arthur Chenu
    • Jeremiah Hayes
    • Robert Milligan
    • Francis Whelan
    • Brian O'Brien
    • Ronald Nelson
    • John Delahenty
    • Donald Hannington
    • Francis Mulgrew
    • John Fleming
    • Henry O'Toole
    • Gordon Owens
    • Alfred Bird
    • Aubrey Giddings
    • Leslie Robertson

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