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Liverpool Public School - est. 1863

Liverpool Public School - est. 1863

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School history

Liverpool Public School – over 150 years of service to our community

Liverpool Public School is proud of its history. We aim to develop this page into a living history of our school. 

Contributions are welcome from anyone who has been a part of our school – students, staff, or community members. We accept photographs, documents and personal narratives.

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A brief history of Liverpool Public School

Liverpool Public School opened in October 1863, with Mr Frederick Ransom Seaborn as teacher. The school building was a simple weatherboard structure with shingled roof. Whist there is no record of initial enrolment, by the end of 1863 there were 50 students registered as enrolled.

Read a detailed history of Liverpool Public School (PDF 1473KB) for the period 1863-1940 compiled by the Department of Education’s Division of Research and Planning for Liverpool Public School’s centenary celebration in 1963.

By 1951, Liverpool Central School as it was called, had an enrolment of nearly 2200 students with a teaching staff of 60. During this period, the school grounds were almost entirely covered with portable rooms and the playground was designated as a ‘walk only’ area.

With the opening of Liverpool Girls’ High School in 1954 and Liverpool Boys’ High School in 1955, the secondary sections of the school moved leaving the infants and primary departments to become known as Liverpool Primary School. Read a letter from the Parents and Citizens Association (JPG 312KB) announcing the new name at the beginning of the school year in 1955.

Images from the past

Below are a series of selected images of Liverpool Public School over the years.

Click on each heading to expand the section and view the images.

Where possible, every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the dates provided.

Further information on the history of Liverpool and Liverpool Public School

The following websites offer further opportunities to find our more about the history of our school and local area: 

Liverpool City Library – local and family history

City of Liverpool and District Historical Society