Last updated:

October 1, 2021

What do I need to know?

The school name (for example, Northcote), school type (for example, primary), or number (for example, 1401)

How do I search?

Use the search box below to find and order relevant records.

About these records

Between 1863 and 1956 the Education Department created and maintained a single file per school that documented construction, alteration and maintenance of school buildings and other structures such as school residences, fences and temporary classrooms.

There are different record series for each type of school, for example, primary or high school.

Who created these records?

We have a page for each of the agencies that created these records. You can see a list of the other records we hold that were created by these agencies:

  • Board of Education 1865-1872 (VA 713)
  • Education Department 1873-1954 (VA 714)

Next Steps

Once you have found records of interest to you, order them online and then view in our reading room.

What are in these records?

  • documentation of construction, alteration and maintenance of school buildings
  • documentation of construction, alteration and maintenance of school residences, fences and temporary classrooms
  • land purchase applications for a school.

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