150 years: Winslow Primary School

Learn about the history of Winslow primary School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Caramut Road, Warrnambool, 3280
11 November 1861
11 November 1979
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Other names:
Winslow National School, Winslow Common School, Winslow State School

The history of Winslow Primary School

  • 1859

    An application to the National Board was submitted to establish a school in Winslow.

    The school was to be built on Caramut Road, approximately 18 km from Warrnambool.

  • 1861

    The school opened in the front room of a private residence.

    Thomas Hume was the first head teacher.

  • 1867

    Mr Hume wrote to the Board of Education to request payment for his salary. He hadn't been paid since 1866.

  • 1872

    A new school was built.

  • 1878

    A new teacher's house was added to the school. The head teacher and local residents paid for the new house.

  • 1887

    A fire destroyed the school building.

  • 1889

    The Department of Education built a new weatherboard building for the school.

  • 1904

    The teacher's house was extended and the school's gallery was removed.

  • 1912

    The school building was extended.

  • 1962

    An extra classroom was added due to rising student enrolments.

  • 1970

    The name of the school changed to Winslow Primary School.

  • 1979

    The school closed.

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