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150 years: Emerald Hill Common School

Learn about the history of Emerald Hill Common School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Clarendon Street, Southbank, 3006
2 March 1853
31 July 1877
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Other names:
Canvastown National School, Emerald Hill National School

The history of Emerald Hill Common School

  • 1853

    Emerald Hill opened as a national school in 1853.

    It was originally called Canvastown School. The school was located on Clarendon Street on the corner of Banks Street.

    The first head teacher was Josiah N Hassall. 

  • 1877

    The school closed in 1877 and was replaced by South Melbourne (Eastern Road) State School No. 1852. 

Can you help us find records for this school?

The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) only hold historical correspondence records for this closed school. If you have any, or if you know of any, please let us know by emailing