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150 years: Warrnambool State School

Learn about the history of Warrnambool State School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Banyan Street, Warrnambool, 3280
9 December 1850
31 July 1876
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Other names:
Warrnambool National School, Warrnambool Common School

The history of Warrnambool State School

  • 1850

    Warrnambool opened as a national school in 1850.

    The first head teacher was John Donald. 

  • 1853

    The average number of students was 49 (28 girls and 21 boys). 

  • 1863

    The school became common school No. 646 in 1863.

  • 1870s

    The Department of Education took over the school in the 1870s and it became a state school. A rented building was used as the schoolhouse. 

  • 1876

    The school closed when Warrnambool State School (No. 1743) opened. 

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