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150 years: South Melbourne State School

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

Key information

High Street and Punt Road, Prahran, 3181
6 November 1854
31 July 1882
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Other names:
South Melbourne School, South Melbourne Common School

The history of South Melbourne State School

  • 1854

    South Melbourne School opened in 1854.

    The first head teacher was Matthew Craig.

  • 1862

    South Melbourne School became a common school in 1862.

  • 1870s

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

  • 1882

    South Melbourne State School closed in 1882.

    It was replaced by St Kilda Park State School (No. 2460).

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