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150 years: Clyde North Primary School

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

Key information

Clyde North, 3978
1 November 1858
12 December 1992
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Other names:
Cranbourne National School, Cranbourne Common School, Cranbourne State School, Clyde State School, Clyde North State School

The history of Clyde North Primary School

  • 1850s

    In 1856, a request to build the school, made to the National Board of Education, was unsuccessful.

    Residents built the school themselves and appointed John Falla Dumaresq to teach.

    From the 1850s to the 1960s head teachers included:

    • J.F. Dumaresq (1858-71)
    • J.A. Noble (1871-78)
    • Thomas A. Twyford (1879-1915)
    • V.E. Peters (1919-23)
    • T.R. Cantwell (1923-28)
    • T. Duke (1937-52)
    • J.L. O'Shea (1966-68)

    Early work mistresses included:

    • Mrs Dumaresq (1858 onwards)
    • Rhoda Noble (1871-74)
    • Julia A. Allen (1875-80)
    • Annie E. Twyford (1881-2)
    • Florence Twyford (1883-86)
  • 1870s

    A second application to the board was a success.

    The original lath and plaster school building were replaced by a brick building in 1878.

    The name of the school changed several times during this time.

    It was first called Cranbourne after the parish it was located in, but the locals knew it as ‘the school at Clyde'.

    When a school opened 6 km from the township of Cranbourne, the name changed to Clyde State School.

    The school's name changed to Clyde North State School when Clyde Primary School (No. 3664) opened.

  • 1970

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

  • 1992

    The school closed in 1992.

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