150 years: Maryborough Primary School

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

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Palmerston Street, Maryborough , 3465
1 June 1862
30 June 2005
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Maryborough Primary School

The history of Maryborough Primary School

  • 1862

    Maryborough became a common school in 1862.

    There were many schools operating in the area from 1855.

  • 1870s

    Maryborough (No. 404) became a state school in the 1870s. It merged with Maryborough State School (No. 411) in 1874.

    The head teacher at the time was John Gardiner.

    A new school building was erected in 1874.

    The foundation stone was laid by the Minister of Public Instruction, J.W Stephen.

    William H. Cox became head teacher in 1878.

  • 1885

    James L. Wilcox became head teacher in 1885.

    He was followed by Robert Camm.

  • 1920s

    Three classrooms were added.

    Students out front of Maryborough State School between 1920 and 1954.
  • 1968

    A library building was finished. It was opened by the Hon. J.F Rossiter, Assistant Minister of Education.

  • 2005

    Maryborough closed when multiple schools in the area merged to become Maryborough Education Centre.

    These schools included:

    • Maryborough East Primary School (No. 2828)
    • Maryborough Specialist School (No. 5250)
    • Maryborough Regional College (No. 8825)


    Maryborough Education Centre is still in operation.

Can you help us find records for this school?

The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) doesn't have any historical records for this closed school. If you have any, or if you know of any, please let us know by emailing 150years@education.vic.gov.au