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150 years: Newstead Primary School

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

Key information

28 Lyons Street , Newstead, 3462
9 July 1858
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Other names:
Newstead National School, Newstead Common School, Newstead State School

The history of Newstead Primary School

  • 1858

    Newstead opened as a national school in 1858. The first head teacher was McIlwrick. The red brick school building was built on the west side of Daylesford Road. 

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862. 

  • 1877

    The school became a state school in 1877. 

  • 1912

    The school was renovated in 1912. 

  • 1959

    The school commemorated its 100th anniversary in 1959 with a ‘Back to Newstead' event. It was attended by the Minister of Education, Hon. John S. Bloomfield. 

  • 1964

    An office and storeroom were added in 1964.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Newstead Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Newstead Primary School is still in operation.

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