Research Victoria's primary and secondary schools, text books and readers, past exams and results, curricula
When researching schools it is important to note that there are a number of places where records could be, including but not limited to State Library Victoria:
Search the online catalogue by the school's name.
Some examples of items we hold:
Their website states that:
'School records created by Government schools that are still operating today are most likely still with those schools. Generally speaking, PROV holds school records for Government schools that have been closed.
Unfortunately records for many schools that operated and closed during the 19th and early 20th Centuries do not appear to have survived.'
See PROV's website for details of their extensive education and school records.
Also see PROV's research guide - Private lives, public records: Navigating through Victorian government archives for family research - which features a section on researching school and education records.
Indexes (Archival Access Victoria)
Victorian Pupil Register Database: This index contains over 113,000 names of pupils who attended Victorian primary schools over the past 150 years. It currently contains data from over 245 schools across the state. The register can then be consulted at PROV.
Victoria Schools Map: A map of schools based on information from PROV VPRS 795 (Building Files). Contains 2,500 schools.
As PROV's website notes, schools still operating will most likely still have historical records.
Records from a school that no longer exists may have also found their way into the local library, historical society or family history/genealogy group, sometimes even the local council.