150 years: Huntly Primary School

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

Key information

101 Brunel Street, Huntly, 3551
1 June 1860
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Other names:
Huntly School, Huntly Common School, Huntly State School

The history of Huntly Primary School

  • 1860

    Huntly was opened by the Church of England in 1860. A school had operated on the site from 1857. The open date was recorded when the school got financial aid from the government. 

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862. 

  • 1870s

    Part of the original school building was destroyed in a wind storm in the 1870s. It was replaced by a solid brick building. 

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


  • 1935

    The Mothers' Club was formed in 1935.

  • 1940

    A pine tree plantation started in 1940. The trees would be sold when grown to raise money for the school. 

  • 1960

    The school commemorated its 100th anniversary in 1960. The head teacher at the time was W. Baldwin and 50 students were enrolled. 

  • 1970

     The school was renamed Huntly Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Huntly Primary School is still in operation.

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