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150 years: Skipton Primary School

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

Key information

7 Montgomery Street, Skipton, 3361
1 January 1858
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Other names:
Skipton School, Skipton Common School, Skipton State School

The history of Skipton Primary School

  • 1858

    The school was opened by the Presbyterian church in 1858. The first head teacher was Ebenezer Blair and 22 students were enrolled. 

  • 1864

    The school closed in March 1864 due to lack of funding. Reverend W.T. Whan raised money and the school reopened in a new bluestone building in October 1864. 

  • 1870s

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

  • 1888

    A new red brick school building opened in 1888. The bluestone building was then used as the Masonic Hall. 

  • 1915

    A third room was added to the brick building in 1915. 

  • 1921

    Henry Bolte, Victoria's Premier from June 1955, was a student in 1921.

  • 1950s to 1960s

    Additional classrooms were added in 1957 and 1969. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Skipton Primary School in 1970.

    Photograph of the Skipton brick school building.
    Skipton Primary School building in 1970. Source: Laurie Burchell and the State Library of Victoria
  • 2022

    Skipton Primary School is still in operation.

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