First Coorparoo School

First Coorparoo School

Stage Number: MBSH.03.06.02

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Greenslopes-Coorparoo

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 327 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo

Latitude & Longitude: -27.49416944,153.06024722

Time Link: 1876

Map Link: 1884

Image Time Point: 1884

Suggest An Edit
View Your Faviourties


The first school at Coorparoo opened in January 1876 with an enrolment of 62 students. Before this time, local children had to walk up to 16 kilometres to attend the nearest school at Kangaroo Point. Samuel Stevens, one of the first settlers in the Coorparoo area, had excised two acres from his estate and donated it for school use. The school itself was a one-room hardwood timber building that was later raised to create play area underneath. As the suburb developed the school became too small for the needs of the growing population, and a new brick building was added in 1928, along with a swimming pool. The original school was demolished in 1933 to make way for the present two-storey brick school. Former students decorated the old classroom with black and gold streamers, and held a reunion dance to say farewell to their old school.


Sunday Mail, 1 October 1933; Coorparoo State School, ‘History’ (, sighted 9 August 2017.

Image Citations

Coorparoo State School, 1916. Brisbane City Council. Brisbane Images. Record number. BCC-B120-81055.

Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 5 chains to the inch. City of Brisbane. 5 chains to the inch. Government Engraving, and Lithographic Office, Brisbane.. 634496