150 years: Stratford Primary School

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

Key information

14 Wellsford Street, Stratford, 3862
4 January 1858
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Other names:
Stratford School, Stratford Common School, Stratford State School

The history of Stratford Primary School

  • 1858

    Stratford opened in 1858 in the Presbyterian Church building. The first head teacher was Hogg, who was employed by the Protestant Board of Education. 

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862.

  • 1870s

    A brick school building with a shingle roof opened in 1870.

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

  • 1911

    By 1911 the school building was in a bad state, the ‘building had so deteriorated pupils could peer through holes in the walls'. A new school building was completed in 1911 on a new site. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Stratford Primary School in 1970. The head teacher at the time was B. Winzar.

  • 2022

    Stratford Primary School is still in operation. 

Find more interesting facts about this school

The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) is the archive of Victoria's State and local government. They look after some of our oldest school records, and we can use these records to help us understand what school life used to be like.

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