150 years: Mount Macedon Primary School

Learn about the history of Mount Macedon Primary School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

641 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon, 3441
1 February 1858
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Other names:
Mount Macedon School, Mount Macedon Common School, Mount Macedon State School, Mount Macedon Primary School

The history of Mount Macedon Primary School

  • 1858

    Mount Macedon was opened in 1858 by the Reverend R.T. Cummins.

    The Reverend opened the school without funding. The Denominational Schools Board had rejected a request for aid in 1857.

    The original school building was a single room built with timber.

  • 1860s

    The school became a common school in the 1860s. The head teacher at the time was James Day.

  • 1874

    A brick building was built. There were about 100 students enrolled at the time.

    The head teacher at the time was Albert de Forest.

  • 1918

    Students and teachers at the flagpole at Mount Macedon State School around 1918.
  • 1919

    A memorial drinking fountain was added in 1919.

    This was to celebrate peace following the First World War.

    The head teacher at the time was George H. Clarke.

  • 1958

    The school centenary was observed in 1958.

    Ornamental entrance gates were opened by Sir Douglas Copeland, KBE, CMG.

    The gates were inscribed for the centenary.

    A time capsule was sealed into the post on the righthand side of the gates. It contained several documents and letters.

  • 1970

    The name of the school changed to Mount Macedon Primary School in 1970. 


    School bell at Mount Macedon Primary School between 1970 and 1999.
  • 1983

    The Ash Wednesday bushfires went through Macedon and Mount Macedon.

    The school building was not destroyed but a lot of houses and eight lives were lost.

  • 2022

    Mount Macedon Primary School in still in operation.

    The original brick school building is still in use.

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