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150 years: Hallam Primary School

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

Key information

24 Harmer Road, Hallam, 3803
1 January 1859
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Other names:
Eumemmering Denominational School, Eumemmering Common School, Eumemmering State School, Hallam's Road State School, Hallam State School

The history of Hallam Primary School

  • 1858

    The school opened in 1858. It was called the Eumemmering Denominational School (Catholic) when it opened.

    The first head teacher was Daniel Cusack.

    There were 44 students enrolled when the school opened.

    The schoolhouse was made from branches and twigs held together with clay and mud. This style of building is called wattle and daub. 

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862.

  • 1872

    Daniel J. Ahern was head teacher in 1872. His wife, Catherine Ahem, was work mistress. 

  • 1873

    The school became a state school in 1873.

  • 1883

    Mary Agnes Ahern became pupil teacher in 1883. She was the daughter of head teacher, Daniel Ahern. 

  • 1892

    The number of students enrolled had risen rapidly to 80 in 1892.

  • 1894

    The school became an adjunct to Dandenong State School (No. 1403) in 1894. This meant that the older students went to classes at Dandenong. 

  • 1904

    The school was separated from Dandenong State School (No. 1403). All Eumemmering students now went to school together in a new building on Hallam's Rd. 

  • 1906

    The school changed its name to Hallam's Rd State School.

  • 1923

    The school was renamed Hallam State School.

  • 1958

    The number of students was increasing. From 1958 the Public Hall across the highway was used as an extra classroom. 

  • 1962

    A tragic accident in October 1962 made people realise it was too dangerous for students to cross a busy road to go to their classroom. 

  • 1963

    A larger school was built on a new site on Harmer Rd in 1963 so that students did not have to cross the road.

  • 1969

    There were now 340 students enrolled in 1969. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Hallam Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Hallam Primary School is still in operation.

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