150 years: Chiltern Primary School

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

Key information

91-101 Albert Road, Chiltern, 3683
22 November 1858
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Other names:
Chiltern School, Chiltern Common School, Chiltern State School

The history of Chiltern Primary School

  • 1867

    Chiltern opened as a common school in 1867. The number of students going to the school was about 120. A one-room brick schoolhouse was built. 

  • 1870s

    The school became a state school at some stage between 1873 and 1878. 

    The number of students had grown to 400 by 1874 so the school was made bigger. 

    The number of students enrolled in 1875 was 513 (247 boys and 266 girls). However, the average number of students going to school was only 284.

  • 1911

    A new school building was built to replace the old building which had become run down. 

  • 1949

    The school burnt down. The building could not be saved because the water pipes were frozen in the cold and the water would not run. Two new classrooms were built. The number of students enrolled was 92. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Chiltern Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Chiltern Primary School is still in operation.

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