Upper Beaconsfield State School

The first state school in Upper Beaconsfield was established in 1883 after years of lobbying by residents. The location chosen for the school was near the entrance to the Beaconhills Golf Links, and the main school remained there until 1915, when a new school was built at its present location. In the late 1880s some parents lobbied the government to establish another school which was closer to the present town centre, which would cater better to the children living on the southern side of the township. For a short time (1889-1891) this school was operating at the Upper Beaconsfield Hall (see article 'A school rediscovered' in the Village Bell June 2017 edition). In the 1930s another state school was established in Dewhurst. There was also a private school run by Rev James Wilson at Casely for some years.

School and class photographs will be added as they become available. If you have any school photos you would like to share, please get in touch with me.

  • Teachers A list of teachers who have taught at Upper Beaconsfield
Upper Beaconsfield State School 1935

Class of 1935
(photograph History of Beaconsfield Upper Primary School)

back row (l to r):
Larry Osborn, Les Gilpin, Flora Begg, Mr William Flanagan (teacher), Joe Savory, Mrs Edith Keeble (sewing mistress), Daisy Paxton, Dick Edwards, Neil Paxton

centre row:
Joan Harris, Nancye Heap, Pearl Horner, Tet Holmes, Peggy Heap, Alma Horrigan, Betty Edwards, Dorothy Phillips, Betty Savory

front row:
Fred Savory, Ken Horner, Jim Horner, Graham Nathan, Robert Dowling, (unknown), Bruce Rogers


Upper Beaconsfield State School 1939

Class of 1939
(photograph courtesy of Stan Hamilton)

back row (standing):
John Donaldson, Bruce Rogers, Fred Savory, Bill Brown, Ted Horrigan, Mr Derek Chapple

2nd row (standing):
Roberta (Bobby) Cole, Frances Cole, Florence Bredin, Yvonne Donaldson, Valda Brown, Betty Savory, Betty McDonald

3rd row (kneeling):
Cuthbert Harris, Roy Harris, Arthur Lang, Robert Donaldson

front row (sitting):
Ernest Lang, Gilbert Savory, John Bickham, Royce Thomson, Eddie Bredin


A happy group of children of the Upper Beaconsfield School

Upper Beaconsfield pupils 1944
(photograph courtesy of Elaine Wilks)

back row (L to R):
2. Robert Donaldson, 4. Eddie Bredin, 9. David Russell, 13. Maurice Joseph Bourke (teacher)

2nd row (R to L):
14. Miss Dorothy Jukes (teacher), 17. Ernest (Snowy) Lang, 22. Peggy Bickham, 23. Irene Noblet, 24. Betty McDonald, 25. Betty Hanley

3rd row (L to R):
28. Lynette O'Keeffe ?, 29. Xenia Dennett, 31. Rosemarie Preston, 32. Elaine Preston, 33. Margaret Russell, 34. Margaret Royle, 36. Dot Lang, 37. Pat Lang, 38. Audrey Thomson

front row (R to L):
41. Lou Russell, 42. Donald Lang, 43. Barry Joseland, 47. John Bickham, 48. David Sinclair


Upper Beaconsfield State School 1952

Class of 1952
(photograph courtesy of School History)

back row (L to R):
Eleanor Oxnam, Rosemary Hodges, Joy Barnes, Joan Piddock-Denne, Lynne Dennett, Gillian Colechin, Pat Lang, Judy O'Keefe, Marcia Preston, Miss Winsome Turvey (Assistant Teacher)

2nd row:
Kath Sulman, Fred Noblet, Peter Joseland, Fred Sulman, Alberta Nicol, Tony Joseland, Robert Fairless, John Fullerton, Clive Thomson, William Oxnam

3rd row:
Janet Chambers, Barbara Joseland, Elaine Higgs, Margaret Colechin, Judy Knowles, Annette Funnell, June Piddock-Denne, Audrey Joseland, Barbara Knapton, Sandra Harris

4th row:
Malcolm Chambers, Ian Barnes, Allen Oxnam, David Norbury, Richard Chandler, Graeme Noblet, John Ffrost

Head Teacher (left) Mr Richard Higgs. Assistant Teacher: Miss Winsome Turvey.


Upper Beaconsfield State School 1965 - Grades 2&3

School group 1965 — Grades 2 & 3
(photograph courtesy of School History)

back row (L to R):
Simon Conn, Colin Giles, Peter Shields, Ross Bramley, Ross Robson

second row:
Russell Addicott, Neil Vaughan, Jimmy Hamilton, Stephen Morton, Bryan Hunt, Gary Shields, Billy Belfield, Graham Bassett, Wayne Doble

third row:
Margaret Cook, Margy Leggereit, Susie Leggereit, Barbara Harris, Jan Allen, Barbara Hunt, Heather Guilfoyle

front row:
Max Vassie, Sharon Trumper, Louise Clark, Veronica Bramley, Peter Kenny




Some family sections show only the children who were associated with Upper Beaconsfield.

Some individuals may be featured because members of their family were associated with the Upper Beaconsfield area, even though they themselves never lived here.