Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School Archives, Melbourne

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School Archives, Melbourne

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • PEGS


  • Educational

Contact area


Brigid Cooper, School Archivist



Street address

Fletcher Street, Essendon





Country name

Postal code



03 9016 2182



Description area


Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School has its origins in 1871 with the foundation of Dorset House Ladies' School for girls, and in 1872 with the foundation of Carlton College for boys.

These schools continued their commitment to excellence in education through name changes and mergers, culminating in the amalgamation of Penleigh Presbyterian Ladies' College and Essendon Grammar School in 1977 which formed the current Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.

Known locally as PEGS, the school caters for students beginning with the co-educational kindergarten in Essendon. The primary years of Prep to Year 6 are offered at the Junior School (girls) campus in Moonee Ponds and the Junior School (boys) campus in Essendon. The flagship Keilor East campus is home to the separate Middle School (girls) and Middle School (boys) sections for Years 7 to 10, as well as the combined Senior School section for Years 11 and 12.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: School Archivist

Records management and collecting policies

Records relating to Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School and the school’s predecessor organisations:

  • Carlton College
  • Dorset House Ladies’ School
  • Ascot Vale Girls’ High School
  • St Thomas’ Grammar School
  • Penleigh Girls’ School
  • Penleigh Presbyterian Girls’ School
  • Penleigh Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • Northern Presbyterian College
  • Northern Grammar School
  • Essendon Grammar School.



Administrative records
Photographic material
Audiovisual material, including oral histories
Textiles, including school uniforms, flags and banners
Former Students’ Association publications, including Altior et sapientior
School publications, including:

  • The Triune - Essendon Grammar School, 1934–1980
  • The Penleigh Magazine - Penleigh Girls’ School/Penleigh Presbyterian Girls’ School, 1917–1960
  • Black Watch - Penleigh Presbyterian Girls’ School, 1961–1980
  • The Year book - Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, 1981- present.

Finding aids, guides and publications

  • Peel, Victoria Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School: A History, 2001.
  • Old Essendon Grammarians' Association, A History of Essendon Grammar School, 1972.
  • Tucker, Lyle Splendoured Road from Dorset: A centenary history of Penleigh Presbyterian Ladies College commissioned by the school council 1971, 1971.

Access area

Opening times

Open by appointment only.

Access conditions and requirements

All records are closed until requested. Written permission required from the Principal for some groups of records.


Limited disability access - steps into building and within building.

Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available.

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 20 April 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Fletcher Street, Essendon
Melbourne, Victoria 3040