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Mv014 : Mount Victoria Public School

Item details

Name of item: Mv014 : Mount Victoria Public School
Other name/s: Possum’s Patch Child Care Centre
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Education
Category: School - State (public)
Primary address: 105-107 Great Western Highway, Mount Victoria, NSW 2786
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
105-107 Great Western HighwayMount VictoriaBlue Mountains   Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Mt Victoria Public School is reputedly the oldest public school in the Blue Mountains and has been an integral part of the lives of Mt Victoria's inhabitants for one hundred and twenty five years. The building, which may be considered representative of smaller mid Victorian school buildings, has aesthetic significance because of its stone detailing, architectural form and massing.
Date significance updated: 11 Apr 02
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Physical description: The original stone building at Mt Victoria Public School is a single storey building with a hipped and gabled roof. The steeply pitched roof is covered with corrugated iron. A small gable roofed porch projects from the north eastern corner of the building, while a hipped roof verandah runs across part of its northern side. The verandah roof is supported off timber posts, while the structure is enclosed at its western end and has a timber balustrade. The main gable contains a plaque inscribed with the date "1877". Beneath are two windows separated by a rusticated pier, as are the stone window reveals and quoins at the corners of this part of the building. Windows are generally timber framed double hung multi paned sashes. There is a tall stone chimney on the eastern side and two stone chimneys on the western side of the building.
Modifications and dates: Addition of gable roofed weatherboard structure on western side.
Brick chimney at south eastern corner
Enclosed verandah or skillion roofed addition on southern side of the building.
Finials in gable ends modified
Current use: Public school
Former use: Public school


Historical notes: A public school was opened at Mt Victoria in 1868 for the education of the children of workmen engaged on the construction of the railway and the Zig Zag. It was known as the One Tree Hill school, as the area was commonly known by that name then (Isles, p4). However, the existing stone building was completed some years later in 1877.

The eastern portion of the school grounds were part of the large land holding of William and Jane Beaumont, a large amount of which was transferred to Jane Beaumont in August 1896. The land had been leased to Mrs Fanny Tabrett in 1891. In 1910 it passed into the possession of two Sydney accountants, Thomas Gillespie and James Steel. The pair began to sell off allotments of the land at the end of 1910. On 18 October 1914 the title to some 12 lots was transferred to the Crown for the purposes of "public instruction" (LTO 1198-127).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Mt Victoria Public School is reputedly the oldest public school in the Blue Mountains.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building has aesthetic significance because of its stone detailing, architectural form and massing.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The school has been an integral part of the lives of the people living in Mt Victoria for one hundred and twenty five years.
SHR Criteria g)
The building may be considered representative of smaller mid Victorian school buildings.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLEP2005MV01407 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study MV014   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Blue Mountains Heritage Study1983MV014Croft & Associates Pty Ltd & Meredith Walker  Yes
Building & other works/relics Blue Mountain Heritage Study Review1992MV014Lester Tropman & Associates  No
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008MV014Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1896Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 1198 Folio 127
WrittenEbena Isles1982One Tree Hill

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1172126

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