150 years: Shelbourne State School

Learn about the history of Shelbourne State School, one of Victoria's oldest public schools.

Key information

Shelbourne, 3515
1 September 1868
23 August 1950
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Other names:
Shelbourne West, Shelbourne Common School

The history of Shelbourne State School

  • 1868

    Shelbourne opened as a common school in 1868. The first head teacher was Thomas Sampson.

    There were 22 students enrolled. The average number of students going to school in the first year was 17.

    Classes were held in a brick schoolhouse. The post office was attached to the school.

    The school was known locally as Shelbourne West. 

  • 1870s

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

  • 1950

    Shelbourne State School closed in 1950.

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