Research Victoria's primary and secondary schools, text books and readers, past exams and results, curricula
The State Library holds a range of resources to research the history of a school building.
See also our research guide: Researching buildings and houses.
Search the Library catalogue by school name, school number, or use general search terms such as schools, making sure you narrow your results to only include items from the Pictures and photographs collection.
Consult our Picture research guide for further tips and advice.
Search the catalogue for a history about the school, or for a local history of the area.
This digitised item - Presented to the Government of New Zealand by Major the Hon. W. G. Smith M.P., Minister of Public Instruction, Victoria / Victoria. Department of Education - includes portfolio of photographs, mainly of Melbourne schools.
Victorian Education Department Annual Reports will sometimes detail the opening of new school buildings at private schools.
The local newspaper was likely to have reported on the opening of a new school building. The Trove digitised newspapers are an excellent resource.
Yearbooks would also have information about new buildings - see the Magazines & year books tab of this guide.
The local history index is arranged by geographic location, for example, 'Prahran (Vic.) Residences'. It contains references to articles on different types of buildings such as offices, schools and residences. The card index stopped in 1993 and subsequent entries are in the Australiana Index.
The card index can be found in the Newspapers and Family History Rooms at the Library.
Maps can be a very useful resource for tracing the history of a school building, see the example below from one of our digitised Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) plans, depicting Caulfield Grammar School in 1902.
See our Maps for local history research guide for more information and tips for research.
During the 1860s government schools were numbered in alphabetical order.
The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) has created a document which lists schools in Victoria by geographic/local government area, including school numbers. Only schools for which PROV hold records are included on this list.
Susie Zada has complied two indexes of pre-1975 schools by name and number from Vision and realisation: a centenary history of state education Volumes 2 and 3.
Public Record Office Victoria holds a variety of records relating to the establishment and operation of Victorian State Schools. The collection includes plans and photographs of school buildings and correspondence files about many government schools
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