150 years: Melton Primary School

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

Key information

Unitt Street, Melton, 3337
17 May 1858
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Other names:
Melton School, Melton Common School, Melton State School

The history of Melton Primary School

  • 1858

    Melton opened as a denominational school in 1858. It was located on a creek flat and the first head teacher was Stokes. Approximately 30 students were involved. 

  • 1860s

    The school became a common school in 1862 and was given the number 430 in 1863.

    A bluestone rubble building was completed in the late 1860s. 

  • 1870s

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

    A second bluestone building was added in 1877. Additional land was also purchased to make the school grounds bigger. 

  • 1880s

     An underground water tank was added in the early 1880s, supplying water to the school. 

  • 1919

    A wooden teacher's residence was added in 1919.

  • 1930

    A pine tree plantation was planted in 1930. The trees would be sold when fully grown to raise money for the school. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Melton Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Melton Primary School is still in operation.

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