Fort Street High School, Sydney

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Forma autorizada del nombre

Fort Street High School, Sydney

Forma(s) paralela(s) de nombre

Otra(s) forma(s) de nombre

  • Fort Street Model School, 1849-1880s
  • Fort Street School, 1880s-1911
  • Fort Street Girls High School, 1911-1975
  • Fort Street Boys High School, 1911-1975


  • Educational

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School Archivist: Iain Wallace



Dirección (calle)

Parramatta Road, Petersham




New South Wales

Nombre del país

Código postal



02 8585 1600


Correo electrónico


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Fort Street High School is a co-educational, academically selective, public high school currently in Petersham, an inner western suburb of Sydney.

In 1849 the Government of New South Wales established a Model School in the old Military Hospital, which had been built by Governor Macquarie in 1815. This building stood on Observatory Hill, the highest ground in the city near the site of Fort Phillip and the military barracks. (The building still stands there today and is the headquarters of the National Trust.)

The school took its name from a street which was partly incorporated in the playground during the reconstruction of the hospital and which disappeared when the approaches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge were built. The street name is perpetuated in the small street in Petersham, leading to our present school.

The school became two high schools and a headmaster and headmistress were appointed to lead Fort Street Boys and Fort Street Girls High Schools.

In 1916, Fort Street Boys’ High was relocated at the present site on Taverners Hill, Petersham; the Girls’ High School remaining on Observatory Hill. In 1975 the two schools were re-united as Fort Street High School on the new Petersham site.

Contexto geográfico y cultural

Mandatos/Fuentes de autoridad

A public school operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities.

Estructura administrativa

Officer in charge: Principal

Administración de registros y políticas de recolección

The Fort Street Archive is delighted to accept donations of relevant material such as photographs, original objects or memorabilia that increase the richness of the collection. Please read the school’s donation policy (see



The Fort Street Archives contain an impressive range of remarkable historical items, artefacts of the school and personal donations given generously by former students, staff and families. These include:

  • student work and prizes
  • school publications including The Fortian and Mercurius
  • photographs, slides and negatives
  • audiovisual material
  • school uniforms and badges
  • staff and student records
  • honour boards, achievement awards, trophies and memorabilia
  • uniform paraphernalia and textiles including caps, blazers, uniforms
  • maps, drawings and paintings.

We are currently (as at 2018) working on digitising the archives and making some of this available on the school website and some public websites.

The Fortian has been chronicling the lives and achievements of students and staff since 1899. A project to digitise The Fortian, nearing completion, will make this wonderful resource available online. Editions from the nineteenth century and the First World War period, plus recent editions, are available (as at 2018) - see

Instrumentos de descripción, guías y publicaciones

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Horario de apertura

Open by appointment.

Condiciones de acceso y requisitos

Enquiries are welcome from members of the Fort Street community and beyond. For this research service, a minimum donation to the Library Fund of $30 (as at 2018) is requested. An additional amount may be requested if the enquiry requires substantial research or copying costs.


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Servicios para la investigación

For the research service there is a minimum donation.

Servicios de reproducción

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Fechas de creación, revisión o eliminación

Revised 6 March 2019




Notas de mantención

Puntos de acceso

Puntos de acceso

  • Educación (Thematic area)
  • Portapapeles

Contacto principal

Parramatta Road, Petersham
Sydney, New South Wales 2049