150 years: Mickleham Primary School

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

Key information

1880 Mickleham Road, Mickleham, 3064
1 October 1870
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Other names:
Mickleham Common School, Mickleham State School

The history of Mickleham Primary School

  • 1870s

    The school opened as a common school in 1870. It replaced Mickleham West Common School (No. 423). The first head teacher was John M. Thomas. The school building was made from bluestone quarried nearby.

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

  • 1884

    Head teacher Thomas complained that he and his family were living in a mud hut. A new teacher's residence was provided in 1884. 

  • 1913

    A shelter shed was built in 1913. 

  • 1950s

    The school closed between 1951 and 1953 due to low student numbers.

    In 1955 the school was open and commemorated its 100th anniversary. An event was held with the local community, past teachers and students. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Mickleham Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Mickleham Primary School is still in operation.

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