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150 years: Port Albert Primary School

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

Key information

Tarraville Road, Port Albert, 3971
3 December 1861
31 December 1994
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Other names:
Port Albert Common School, Port Albert State School

The history of Port Albert Primary School

  • 1861

    Port Albert opened as a national school in 1861.

    Classes were held in the Immigration Barracks. The Immigration Barracks was where people moving to Australia from other countries stayed when they first arrived by ship.

    The school replaced the Church of England School which had closed in 1856. This school had closed when the head teacher, Annie Radley Smith, died.

  • 1862

    The school became Port Albert Common School in 1862.

  • 1873

    The school became Port Albert State School in 1873.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Port Albert Primary School in 1970.

  • 1994

    Port Albert Primary School closed in 1994 when it combined with Yarram Primary School (No. 693). 

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