Carlton Gardens Primary School

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Carlton Gardens Primary School
215 Rathdowne Street, Carlton, Victoria
Melbourne, Victoria
Coordinates 37°48′7″S 144°58′9″E / 37.80194°S 144.96917°E / -37.80194; 144.96917Coordinates: 37°48′7″S 144°58′9″E / 37.80194°S 144.96917°E / -37.80194; 144.96917
Type Primary
Motto "Academic excellence through diversity in a friendly and caring community"
Established 1884
Principal Tina Mcdougall
Years offered Prep - 6 mixed sex

Carlton Gardens Primary School (number 2605) is a historic state school in inner Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located at 215 Rathdowne Street, Carlton, Victoria, between Grattan and Pelham streets, overlooking the Carlton Gardens.

It is one of the closest schools to Melbourne's CBD, and is near the Melbourne Museum, RMIT and the University of Melbourne, with which the school has historic links. A large quantity of the students have their parents working in the University of Melbourne.


Opened in 1884, Carlton Gardens Primary School has operated continuously since that time, though it was briefly used as a hospital during the Flu epidemic of 1918. It was built in one of the first subdivisions of land outside central Melbourne. The grounds were bought by the Education Department from landowner Thomas O'Grady in 1869 and described at the time as "one of the best, if not the best in Carlton".

During its history the school has been alternatively known as Rathdowne Street Primary School and Carlton Primary School. Its main building facing the Rathdowne Street is a prominent heritage building constructed in 1884.[1]


The school recently renovated its playground facilities, and in 1999 conducted a full-scale renovation of the campus building. It recently installed a Rain Garden (funded by Melbourne Water), and a school hall (funded by Building the Education Revolution.

The school is relatively small by modern standards, housing 160 students in one large building (and a hall) within a single campus. However at various times it has housed up to 1000 students.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World Heritage Environs Precinct", CIty of Yarra, 2016

"Rathdowne Street 1884-1984: A Centennial History" (Faye Schutt, 1984) ISBN 0-9590613-0-4

"World Heritage Environs Precinct" (City of Yarra, 2016)

"Carlton: a history" (Peter Yule, 2004)

External links[edit]

Carlton Gardens Primary School Website: