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150 years: Hawthorn West Primary School

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

Key information

2A Wood Street, Hawthorn , 3122
28 February 1853
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Other names:
Hawthorn School, Hawthorn Common School, Hawthorn State School, Hawthorn Central School

The history of Hawthorn West Primary School

  • 1853

    Hawthorn West opened in 1853. It was called Hawthorn School at that time. The head teacher was James Dennithorne. The average number of students going to the school was 26. The schoolhouse was made from timber. 

  • 1854

    The average number of students going to the school had increased to 79.

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862.

  • 1870s

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

  • 1918

    The school became a central school and students in grades 7 and 8 were taught at the school. 

  • 1921

    In 1921, the first school room was rebuilt. The old bluestones were put back in their original position using new building methods. 

  • 1953

    An event was held in November to recognise that the school had been open for 100 years. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Hawthorn West Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Hawthorn West Primary School is still in operation. 

    Colour aerial photograph of Hawthorn West Primary School included sports field
    Hawthorn West Primary School aerial view. Source: Hawthorn West Primary School

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