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150 years: Nagambie Primary School

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

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31 Goulburn Street , Nagambie, 3608
1 October 1871
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Nagambie Primary School

The history of Nagambie Primary School

  • 1870s

    The school, originally known as Goulburn Valley, opened as a common school in 1870.

    The first head teacher was H.G. Clayton and attendance was 25.

    Classes were held in a rented building described as a ‘wretched little building'. A brick school building was finished in 1871.

    Nagambie was recognised as a common school in 1872. The school became a state school in the late 1870s.

  • 1880

    The Mechanics Hall was rented by the school in 1880.

  • 1885

    A new school building was finished in 1885. It was opened by G. Hall, the Member of Parliament for Moira.

  • 1891

    In 1891 the teacher's house was completed.

  • 1895

    Trees were first planted in the grounds in 1895.

  • 1904

    An unused school, Prairie State School (No. 1981), was moved to Nagambie.

    This provided extra accommodation. It later became a sloyd room (a room used for woodworking) but was eventually destroyed by fire.

  • 1910

    Two new rooms were added and enrolment had reached 201.

  • 1970

    The school changed its name to Nagambie Primary School in 1970 when 115 were enrolled.

    Nagambie State School with wooden post and rail fence around 1970.
    Nagambie Primary School in the 1970s. (Source: Nagambie Primary School)
  • 2021

    The school observed its 150th anniversary in 2021.

  • 2022

    Nagambie Primary School is still in operation. 

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