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150 years: Kyneton Primary School

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

Key information

49-79 Edgecombe Street, Kyneton, 3444
24 March 1856
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Other names:
Kyneton National School, Kyneton Common School, Kyneton State School

The history of Kyneton Primary School

  • 1856

    Kyneton opened as a national school in 1856. The first head teacher was Robert Begg and he was assisted by Mrs Watson. When it opened 30 students attended but this increased quickly to 80. The school buildings included two bluestone rooms.

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862. Ross Cox was head teacher at the time. 

  • 1870s

    The school became a state school at some stage between 1873 and 1877. The new Department of Education added 2 new classrooms when it took over the school. 


  • 1907

    The school was remodelled in 1907 and classes were held in the School of Mines, Salvation Army Hall and drill hall while this happened. 

    Black and white photograph of the Kyneton school building with children playing in the yard in front of the school.
    Kyneton Primary School when it was known as Kyneton State School, date unknown. Source: State Library of Victoria
  • 1970

    The school was renamed Kyneton Primary School in 1970.

  • 2018

    The school relocated from 7-15 Baynton Street Kyneton to the purposely built new school at 49-79 Edgecombe Street Kyneton.

  • 2022

    Kyneton Primary School is still in operation. 

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