150 years: Mansfield Primary School

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

Key information

4 Apollo Street, Mansfield, 3722
1 October 1872
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Other names:
Mansfield Common School. Mansfield State School

The history of Mansfield Primary School

  • 1870s

    Mansfield opened as a common school in 1872. It replaced No. 429. The first head teacher was John Elvins.

    The school became a state school at some stage between 1873 and 1878. 

  • 1909

    The Department of Education decided to open an Agricultural School based lobbying from locals. 

  • 1911

    A building for the Agricultural School was built on Mansfield's site for this secondary school. 

  • 1916

    The School Committee complained about the amount of space the Agricultural School took up on the site. A meeting was held and it was decided to combine both schools as a higher elementary school that included the secondary classes.

  • 1924

    The school became a higher elementary school in 1924.

  • 1930s to 1940s

    The school continued as a higher elementary school apart from during World War Two, when it was classified as a central school. More classrooms were required and the buildings from closing local schools were added to the site. 

  • 1950s

    Classroom extensions were added between 1954 to 1958. 

  • 1963

     Mansfield High School opened in 1963 and the secondary classes moved to the new school. Mansfield returned to being a primary school. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Mansfield Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Mansfield Primary School is still in operation.

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