150 years: Cobden Primary School

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

Key information

54 Victoria Street, Cobden, 3266
1 July 1866
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Other names:
Cobden Common School, Cobden State School

The history of Cobden Primary School

  • 1866

    Cobden opened as a common school in 1866. The head teacher was John Braithwaite. The schoolhouse was made of timber. 

  • 1870s

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

  • 1884

    A stone building was added to the timber schoolhouse.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Cobden Primary School in 1970.

    The number of students enrolled was about 250.

  • 1981

    Black and white photograph of the Cobden Primary School building Cobden Primary School building in 1981. Source: John T. Collins and the State Library of Victoria
  • 2022

    Cobden Primary School is still in operation.

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