First School in Kangaroo Point

First School in Kangaroo Point

Stage Number: MBSH.03.02.02

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Kangaroo Point-East Brisbane

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: Rotherham Street, Kangaroo Point

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46922222,153.03680556

Time Link: 1861

Map Link: 1865

Image Time Point: 1865

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The first school in Kangaroo Point was opened in 1861. This was one of the first ‘non-vested’ schools in the colony, meaning it was run with financial and curriculum assistance from the state but the property and control were in the hands of the Church of England. The school was located in the church, a simple wooden slab building measuring 15m x 6m x 5m high on what is now Rotherham Street, but this proved to be inconvenient and damaging to the fabric of the building itself, and so a subscription was raised to erect a new school, which was opened at another location in August 1867.


Brisbane Courier, 14 August 1867; St Mary’s, ‘Parish Beginnings’ (, sighted 27 July 2017.

Image Citations

Early sketch of Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, 1860s. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Record number: 139629.

Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 1 chain to the inch. Plan of subdivision of section 30 City of Brisbane. 1 chain to an inch. Surveyor General’s Office, Brisbane.(quarter-size). 634488