150 years: Kingston Primary School

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

Key information

360 Kingston Road , Kingston , 3364
16 January 1865
31 December 2004
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Other names:
Kingston Common School, Kingston State School

The history of Kingston Primary School

  • 1860s

    Kingston opened as a common school in 1865.

    The first head teacher was Joshua Thomas.

    The brick school building was finished the year before in 1864.

    A teacher's house was also built.

  • 1880

    Turlby was head teacher in 1880.

    He was followed by Drummond, Abercromby and Robert Hodgson.

  • 1900s

    Enrolment went up and down between 100 and 160.

    Classes were sometimes taught at the Church of England in town when there was overcrowding.

  • 1909

    Students in front of Kingston State School around 1909.
  • 1918

    WH Thomas was appointed head teacher in 1918.

  • 1950

    A new teacher's house was built in 1950.

    The head teacher at the time was D Featherstone.

  • 1970

    The name of the school changed to Kingston Primary School in 1970. 

  • 1986

    Front view of Former Kingston Primary School brick building in 1986.
  • 2004

    Kingston closed in 2004.

Can you help us find records for this school?

The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) only hold historical correspondence records for this closed school. If you have any, or if you know of any, please let us know by emailing 150years@education.vic.gov.au