150 years: Lilydale Primary School

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

Key information

63 Castella Street, Lilydale, 3140
1 July 1866
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Other names:
Lilydale Common School, Lilydale State School

The history of Lilydale Primary School

  • 1866

    Lilydale opened as a common school in 1866. The school building was located on Anderson Street. 

  • 1873

    The school became a state school in 1873. A new brick building was opened on a new site. The first school fence, ‘built to keep out wandering cattle, was totally consumed as fuel for classroom fires during bleak winters'. 

  • 1888

    The number of students enrolled in 188 was 169. The local hall was rented for classes while the school was extended. 

  • 1919

    The school became a higher elementary school in 1919. This meant that secondary classes for older students were added, like secondary schools today. 

  • 1930

    The Mother's Club raised money for a new cookery centre and shelter shed.

  • 1950s

    The secondary classes moved to the Lilydale High School (No. 7995) when it opened in 1951. The high school was located with the primary school until 1954. 

  • 1966

    A new wing was erected in 1966. It had four classrooms. The cookery centre was converted into an arts and craft room. 

  • 1969

    For more rooms were added in 1969. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Lilydale Primary School in 1970.

  • 1991

    The school marked its 125th anniversary in 1991. The main wing of the school and Art Room burnt down as a result of a fault in the gas flues. The school was closed for a week before Easter and portables were set up on the tennis court and diamond.

  • 1995

    The two new two-storey classroom blocks, art room and gym were opened.

  • 2011

    A new building opened in 2011, which included four Grade 5 and 6 classrooms.

  • 2012

    The old Lilydale Police station was purchased for the school’s use. This was eventually knocked down to make way for more play areas.

  • 2016

    The school marked its 150th Anniversary in 2016.

  • 2022

    Lilydale Primary School is still in operation.

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