150 years: Woodford Primary School

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

Key information

8 Victoria Street, Woodford, 3281
25 April 1854
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Other names:
Woodford School, Woodford Common School, Woodford State School

The history of Woodford Primary School

  • 1854

    Woodford opened in 1854 in the home of the first head teacher, Abraham Lauder. 14 students were enrolled.

    The wooden school building had a school room, sitting room, bedroom and kitchen. The rooms were all converted to classrooms. It was located on the east side of the Merri River on Victoria Street.

  • 1870s

    A new teacher's residence was built in 1872.

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

    A new sandstone school was built in 1874. Classes were held in Tate's ballroom during construction.

  • 1885

    One of the classrooms was converted into a teacher's residence with an attached wooden building. The Department of Education later bought the police station and residence.

  • 1955

    The former attached teacher's residence was demolished in 1955.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Woodford Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Woodford Primary School is still in operation.

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