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150 years: Mernda Primary School

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

Key information

25 Everton Drive, Mernda , 3754
1 April 1853
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Other names:
Plenty School, Plenty Common School, Morang Common School, Morang State School, Mernda State School

The history of Mernda Primary School

  • 1853

    The school opened as a national school in 1853. It was called Plenty School when it opened.

    The first teacher was Thomas Noble and his wife also taught at the school. 46 students were enrolled.

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862. 

  • 1864

    The name of the school changed to Morang Common School. 

  • 1870s

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

    A teacher's residence was added in 1877. 

  • 1900

    The name of the school changed again to Mernda State School. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Mernda Primary School in 1970.

  • 1976

    The school building on Plenty Road was too small for the over 100 students enrolled. It did not have town water and only had three toilets.

    A new 4 classroom building opened on Johnson's Road in 1976.

  • 1979

    Photograph of the bluestone school building at Mernda Primary School
    Mernda Primary School building in 1979. Source: John T. Collins and the State Library of Victoria
  • 2011

    The school moved sites again in 2011 to Everton Drive. The brand new school could accommodate up to 450 students. 

  • 2022

    Mernda Primary School is still in operation.

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