Background and Timeline
Box Hill Institute is
a secondary and tertiary education institute based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, with additional campuses overseas.
It has three campuses in Box Hill (Elgar, Whitehorse and Nelson), one in Nunawading (Ceylon Campus) and an accredited extended
campus used for training in Abu Halifa, Kuwait.
The Elgar campus occupies the site of the former Box Hill Gasworks,
in Elgar Rd.
Box Hill Technical School for Girls and Women opened on 31 March with
65 junior students and Miss Ruth Evans as Principal. Mr E.W. Greenwood
MLA was the first President of School Council. The school was housed in
the original Box Hill State School No. 2838 and was opened officially on
4 September. On 28 April 1924, 151 students commenced.
The first of many new buildings for
the Box Hill Girl’s
Technical School was opened by the Minister for Public Instruction, Dr.
John Harris on 7th October. There were now 328 students
Box Hill Boys’ Technical School
admitted 470 students on 2
February. The school, with 17 staff, was opened officially on 25 May
A fifth form class in commercial subjects began at the Box
Hill Girls’ Technical School. A Leaving Technical Certificate was
introduced in 1964.
Post-secondary classes commenced at both technical schools.
The first of these was the Certificate in Business at Box Hill Girls’
Technical College. This was quickly followed by Certificate courses in
Engineering and Electronics at Box Hill Boys’ Technical School.
On 30 March Box Hill
Girls’ Technical School become
Whitehorse Technical College. On 17 September the new building was
officially opened by the Hon. L.H.S. Thompson MP, Minister for
It was recommended that the Box Hill Gas Works site in Elgar
Road be purchased and developed as a multi-storey campus exclusively for
TAFE courses at Box Hill Technical School.
and Further Education (TAFE) was established as a
tertiary entity, separate from secondary technical education. On
1October, seven colleges including Box Hill Technical College were
declared Colleges of TAFE reporting to the TAFE Board. On 1 December,
Whitehorse College of TAFE was established.
Box Hill Girls’ Technical School
and Box Hill Boys’ Technical
School amalgamated to become Box Hill Technical School. By an Order in
Council, on 25 January 1984, Box Hill College of TAFE and the Whitehorse
College of TAFE amalgamated to form Box Hill College of TAFE.
Doncaster Campus opened. This new campus
allowed the college
to provide more courses to meet demand. Since the late 1980s, most of
the college’s local students came from the north-eastern corridor,
taking in Doncaster, Templestowe and Eltham. By 1994, nearly 2000
students were undertaking courses at Doncaster, including Library &
Information Studies and Health & Community Studies.
The college bought a site in Nelson Road,
Holeproof factory, and work began to establish another local campus of
Box Hill College of TAFE. The Box Hill College of TAFE has an enrolment
of 26,000 students on five main campuses. The college also offers
on-site courses to industry, both nationally and internationally.
On 1 October 1995 the college’s name was
changed to Box Hill Institute of TAFE.
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