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150 years: East Prahran State School

Learn about the history of East Prahran State School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Prahran, 3181
1 January 1854
31 December 1874
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Other names:
East Prahran School, East Prahran Common School, East Prahran State School

The history of East Prahran State School

  • 1854

    East Prahran opened as a Free Presbyterian Denominational school in 1854.

    The first head teacher was Mr Fleming.


  • 1855

    In 1855 William Neilson became head teacher and his wife Jessie Nelson was his assistant.

  • 1870s

    The school was a state school in the 1870s and the Department of Education took over the lease for the building.

  • 1874

    The school closed in 1874.

    The original teachers, Henry and Jessie Neilson were still at the school when it closed.
    A new teacher, Margaret Neilson, was also at the school. It is likely that Margaret was Henry and Jessie's daughter.

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