150 years: Yarra Glen Primary School

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

Key information

35 Symonds Street, Yarra Glen, 3775
1 April 1868
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Other names:
Yarra Flats School, Yarra Glen State School

The History of Yarra Glen Primary School

  • 1866

    The school had been built by locals in 1866 so it is likely classes may have started before this date.

    When it opened it was likely known as Yarra Flats.


  • 1868

    The school was listed as a common school in 1868.

    The first head teacher in 1868 was Alexander McIntyre and the average attendance was around 20.

  • 1870s

    The school applied for a new schoolhouse to the new Department of Education sometime between 1873 and 1878.

    Land for the new school was purchased in 1877 and the school building was finished by 1878.

    The head teacher in 1879 was Charles Martell.

  • 1889

    The name of the school was changed to Yarra Glen State School in 1889.

  • 1910s

    The 1910s were a period of renovation and expansion.

    The gallery was demolished in 1908 and the sloyd room and lavatory were completed in 1911. A sloyd room is used for woodworking.

    2 acres were added to the school site in 1915.

  • 1948

    A tennis court was added in 1948

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Yarra Glen Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Yarra Glen Primary School is still in operation. 

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