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Early Schooling in Rockhampton

(Information about the opening of the schools in Rockhampton area has been taken from  A E HERMANN  "Development of Rockhampton & District - Volume 1")

Rockhampton primary schools date back to 1859 in the very year of the Canoona gold rush.  It was a period of tough living and hardship but despite all this, parents decided that education for their children was a necessary part of life

Below is a list of schools in the Rockhampton area and the date when they were founded or opened.  There have been a number of schools opened in the past 25 years and these have not been included


Allenstown School

founded 16 July 1877


Berserker Street School

founded January 1917


Central Boy's School cnr Denham, Murray & William Street


founded 1887

Central Girls School continued at William & Denison St.


first Rockhampton school erected on this site in 1859

Crescent Lagoon School (for students living in Nine Mile Area)

founded 7 July 1896

Depot Hill School

founded 14 September 1920


Frenchville School

founded November 1900


Glenmore School

founded 7 October 1889


Gracemere School


founded February 1871

Lakes Creek School

founded 1872


Leichhardt Ward School (later for boys only)

founded July 1905


North Rockhampton School

founded 31 March 1871


Park Avenue School

founded 1898


Pink Lily Lagoon School

founded 9 September 1872


Port Curtis School

founded 23 March 1875


Rockhampton National School (later known as Rockhampton Primary School and Central State School ) - there were actually two schools - one for boys and one for girls.  William & Denison St


founded 18 November, 1862

Rockhampton School and a centre for Divine Services - parents had to pay 1/6 per week per pupil.

founded 1859.

The Hall Girls and Infants School

founded 1910



Koongal Convent Sisters of Mercy



North Rockhampton Convent - Sisters of Mercy



Our Lady's Convent - first erected behind the Kent St convent and later to become the first Catholic High School . Later moved to West St as Infant & Primary School

unknown date but before 1883

Park Avenue Convent School - Sisters of St Joseph



St Josephs School, crn Alma & Derby St , first established by Father Charles Murlay and after 1873 run by The Sisters of Mercy.

St Patrick's school - a senior school for girls.

There was also an infants school and a boys school in West Street

before 1873

St Patrick's School built on the original site of St Joseph


St Peter's Primary School - Presentation Sisters

1934 (classes in church)


St Therese's Convent School , Bolsover St - Sisters of Mercy


Wandal convent - sisters of St Joseph






St Pauls' Day School (new parish hall)


St Faith's School, Yeppoon



Seven Day Adventist Church , North Rockhampton


Over the years, there have been a number of Private or church schools that have been founded and closed in this area.

Boy's Grammar School - Agnes St (originally 26 boys and 27 girls)  Girls department ceased in four years


1 February 1881


Christian Brothers College (Boys only) West St

2 July 1894


Convent & School of Our Lady of Good Counsel /Convent High School, Range College - Sisters of Mercy - Agnes St, Rockhampton ( in beginning had primary and secondary students & boarders .  Became an all girls school



Girls Grammar School Agnes & Denham St


19 April 1892


Glenmore High School , Farm Road , Glenmore



Marian Girls School , Yaamba Rd,  North Rockhampton (Secondary)



North Rockhampton High School Berserker Street, North Rockhampton

late 1955


Rockhampton High School , Campbell Street

14 May 1960


St Brendans College, Yeppoon - Christian Brothers - Boys Day 7 Boarding



St Stanislaus - Christian Brothers - boys, Yaamba Rd, North Rockhampton



St Ursula's Convent & School , Yeppoon - The presentation Sisters - Primary and boarding students and the following year, secondary students (Girls)


29 January 1917


State High School and Technical College was established with a first drawing class  and other subjects under the jurisdiction of the School of Arts - classes held behind the School of Arts in Bolsover St



Technical College , Bolsover St

1909 – 1960


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