Ballarat district schools

Introduction to Ballarat Schools

School student registers, held by Ballarat and District Genealogical Society are available at the Eureka Centre, Ballarat East. Some are with local historical societies such as Beaufort, Daylesford, Napoleons, Snake Valley and Woady Yalloak.

Details from the registers generally include dates of birth, parents' or guardian names, residential addresses, occupations, distance from the school, dates of commencement and leaving, name of the previous school attended or transferred to, year level and attendance, certificates gained and date obtained.

School histories can be found in the three large red volumes of VISION and REALISATION, which are held in the Australiana Reference Collection which was relocated in 2019 to the Eureka Centre, Ballarat East.

Other historical resources held at the Public Record Office of Victoria, North Melbourne:

VPRS 795 1868-1975 School Building Files
VPRS 640 1878-1962 Primary School Correspondence Files
VPRS 892 1853-1946 Special Case Files

Included on the School Student index fiche are old photos (VPRS 1396) of these schools: Alfredton, Ballarat East, Ballarat North, Brown Hill, Buninyong, Creswick, Dana Street, Humffray Street, Macarthur Street, Magpie, Mt Pleasant, Pleasant St, Queen St, Sebastopol, Urquhart St, Wendouree.

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View a list of Ballarat Schools in 1865 along with street name and contact

Consolidated Index to Ballarat & District School Student Registers

Vision and Realisation : a centenary history of state education in Victoria, Volumes 2 & 3, Education Department of Victoria, Melbourne, Ed. L J Blake 1973. This is a three volume set of very large red bound books which make mention of all government schools which have existed in rural, regional and metropolitan Victoria. Ballarat is in the Central Highlands Region. This is one of the illustrations for a school designed by Henry R Bastow.

This is a PDF file click below to view the Consolidated Index to Ballarat & District School Student Registers

Online Resources

Mount Clear Primary School 1905-1952

View the Transcription of the 1906 Mount Clear register.


View the entire register (1905-1952).

Buninyong School Register 1850

This is a PDF file click below to view the Buninyong School Register 1850

Landsborough School Registers

The township of Landsborough is in the Pyrnees Shire at the foothills of the ranges between Stawell and Avoca in western Victoria, post code 3384, about 80km NW of Ballarat as the crow flies. Landsborough State/Primary School transcriptions of student registers date from the 1860s into the 21st Century.

The aim of the society is to help people discover their family history. To have appropriate records available, with guidance in ways to research and record their history and genealogy.

The Ballarat and District Genealogical Society Inc Incorporation Number A0022692F ABN 40 041 783 778