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Celebrating 150 years of education

March 15th, 2022Celebrating 150 years of education

This year, 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the Victoria’s world-class public education system. Victoria was the first state in Australia – and one of the first in the world – to make education free, secular and compulsory to all children aged 6-15. Around 600 schools opened across the state in the five years following the passing of the Education Act.

This year, 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the Victoria’s world-class public education system.
Victoria was the first state in Australia – and one of the first in the world – to make education free, secular and compulsory to all children aged 6-15. Around 600 schools opened across the state in the five years following the passing of the Education Act.


The milestone will be marked with a range of activities across the year designed to commemorate the past, celebrate the present and imagine the future of education.
A dedicated Victorian Government website will feature the 483 original government schools from 1872 alongside every other government school established since, displaying a selection of digitally preserved historical records from the past 150 years including school history summaries, enrolment registers and photos.
Anyone with photos, documents or other vintage school treasures is encouraged to email them to 150years@education.vic.gov.au to help build this digital time capsule. Link: www.vic.gov.au/150years.



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