150 years: Milawa Primary School

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

Key information

133 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa, 3678
1 April 1864
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Other names:
Oxley Plains Common School, Oxley Common School, Milawa State School

The history of Milawa Primary School

  • 1864

    The school opened as a common school in 1864. The first head teacher was Robert Gibson. It was likely known as either Oxley Plains Common School or Oxley Common School. Oxley Plains was the name of the district at the time. 

  • 1870s

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

  • 1906

    A new school building opened in 1906. The head teacher and most of the students moved to the new school. The teacher's residence wasn't completed for a long time after the move. 

  • 1958

    Extra land was purchased in 1958 and was used as the school's oval.

  • 1963

    The school was extended in 1963, on the north side of the building. The new room was used for infant grades. Infant grades were for younger students.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Milawa Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Milawa Primary School is still in operation.

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