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150 years: Framlingham Primary School

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

Key information

High Street, Framlingham, 3265
13 May 1872
31 December 1993
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Other names:
Framlingham Common School, Framlingham State School

The history of Framlingham Primary School

  • 1872

    Framlingham opened as a common school.

    The average attendance was 38.

    James Edwards was the first head teacher. Edwards had also taught at Ellerslie Common School.

    The school was located around 29 kms from Warrnambool.

    There were 31 school-aged children in the district and 40 pre-school children. 

  • 1890s

    There were 124 students enrolled at the school by the late 1890s.

    This included 13 students from the Framlingham village settlement.

    The total number of students declined after a local butter and cheese factory closed down.

  • 1910s

    Notable students at this time include

    • William Brens, (1909) who would become a Lord Mayor of Melbourne.
    • Paul McGinness (between 1904 and 1909) who went on to help establish the airline company, QANTAS in 1920.
  • 1928

    A timber plantation started.

  • 1965

    The timber plantation was replanted.

  • 1993

    The school closed.

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