Melbourne High School Archives

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Melbourne High School Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Melbourne High School Heritage Society


  • Educational

Contact area


Luke Savage



Street address

Forrest Hill, South Yarra





Country name

Postal code





Description area


Melbourne High School commenced as the Melbourne Continuation School in Spring Street Melbourne in 1905. It was the first state secondary school in Victoria and was co-educational. It was renamed Melbourne High School in 1910. The boys moved to Forrest Hill, South Yarra in 1927 and the girls eventually moved to Albert Park and became MacRobertson Girls' High School.

The collection is mainly post-1927 but does have significant records relating to the 1905-1927 period. The collection does NOT include MacRobertson Girls' High School records.

Geographical and cultural context

Originally located in Spring Street Melbourne (between Parliament and the Exhibition Buildings), with annexes at the Horticultural Hall and Lygon Street State School (now VicRoads, opposite the General Cemetery), the school moved to Forrest Hill South Yarra (beside the Yarra/Chapel Street).

The school moved to Camberwell High School and Tooronga Road State School for three years during World War II. The school has had a camp at Tecoma from the1920s to the 1980s and then at Millgrove.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Victorian State School

Administrative structure

Luke Savage, Honorary Archivist and Dr Alan Gregory, School Historian.

Records management and collecting policies

Anything related to the school, its students, staff, community and the local area.



Full student registers, most student reports, school publications (such as 'Ours' and 'Unicorn') as well as a large photographic collection, uniforms, badges and books.

The school archives are mainly those created by the school but relevant documents, photographs and memorabilia from former students and staff will be accepted.

Finding aids, guides and publications

We have a database of all former students and staff to the early 2000s, as well as the school magazines having been indexed for students through to the early 2000s.

Access area

Opening times

Open by appointment only, usually weekends.

Access conditions and requirements


Enquiries are generally dealt with by email, due to limited times when the archives are open. Visits are possible by prior arrangement, though the room is up six flights of stairs, with no lift.

Services area

Research services

Research into former students and staff of the school.

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 16 April 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Forrest Hill, South Yarra
Melbourne, Victoria 3141