150 years: Majorca Primary School

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

Key information

Majorca, 3465
9 May 1864
1 January 1980
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Other names:
Majorca Common School, Majorca State School

The history of Majorca Primary School

  • 1860s

    There were two schools in Majorca.

    The first Majorca school opened as a common school in 1864.

    The school wasn't recognised by the Board of Education, yet it remained open without aid.

    It is not known when this school closed.

    The first head teacher was Frederick O'Connell Lane, who taught 80 students.

    A second school listed by the Board of Education was Majorca Common School (No. 764.)

    The Board approved a grant for 75 pounds to build the school in 1867 (this was back when our money was called the Australian Pound). However, because of delays the school didn't open until 1868.

    The first head teacher was George Wilmot.

  • 1892

    After many refusals, the Department of Education agreed to build a house at Majorca.

  • 1914

    The school was remodelled.

  • 1973

    Front view of the Majorca State School brick building in 1973.
  • 1980

    The school closed.

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