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150 years: Kirkstall Primary School

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

Key information

Aire Street, Kirkstall, 3283
1 November 1861
31 December 1993
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Other names:
Kirkstall National School, Kirkstall Common School, Kirkstall State School
  • 1860s

    In 1860, Eugene Flannary, a teacher, asked for a grant to build a national school in Kirkstall.

    He stated that 60 children were ready to attend.

    The school opened in 1861 in the home of John Barber.

    His daughter, Esther, was the first teacher. She was 15 years old.

    An inspector's report from 1862 described her efforts as 'creditable'.

    The inspector recommended that a male teacher be appointed when the new school opened.

    The school opened in 1862 under head teacher James Johnstone. It also became a common school that year.

  • 1961

    A new school building was erected in 1961.

  • 1970

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

  • 1993

    The school closed in 1993.

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