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There are many records in our collection that relate to government schools. You will find records that track the establishment and maintenance of schools, provide details on students and teachers, and much more including plans of school sites and buildings.

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The most useful piece of information is the name (or names) of a school and whether it was a government school; in some instances its locality is also useful.


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(1926-1990) Record Series Number (VPRS): 11758, 11538
Series Number (VPRS): 10516
Including pupil registers
Search the various files relating to Victorian state schools
Record Series Number (VPRS): 8044, 7882, 10300
VPRS 10300 (1906-1996)
Record Series Numbers (VPRS): 19, 61, 880, 878, 903
Various series
Record Series Number (VPRS): 13579/P1