150 years: Harrietville Primary School

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

Key information

165 Great Alpine Road, Harrietville, 3741
1 July 1866
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Other names:
Harrietville Common School, Harrietville State School

The history of Harrietville Primary School

  • 1866

    Harrietville opened as a common school in 1866. The head teacher was David B. Young. 

  • 1870s

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

  • 1900

     By around 1900, there were 300 students enrolled at the school and five teachers.

  • 1912

    The original school was renovated. A house for the teacher was built. The first schoolhouse was kept as a classroom. 

  • 1921

    Several local mines closed. The number of students enrolled at the school dropped to about 60 as mining families moved away. 

  • 1957

    The number of students enrolled at the school dropped below 20. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Harrietville Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Harrietville Primary School is still in operation.

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