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Scotch Oakburn College was created in 1979 with the amalgamation of Oakburn College, formerly Methodist Ladies´ College (1886), and Scotch College (1901).

The successful amalgamation brought together two fine traditions that stretch back to the 19th century. The founders of both schools saw education not only in terms of academic qualifications, but in the development of character, trained against the background of the Christian faith.

Scotch Oakburn has a long and significant connection with the history of Launceston and the wider Tasmanian community. It has been educating Tasmanians, and students from interstate and overseas, for over 125 years.

Scotch Oakburn is proud its long history and the sense of community and school spirit instilled in each student.

Anyone interested in the College history or wishing to donate items to our archives is invited to contact our College Archivist, Veronica Macno at or by contacting the College on (03) 6336 3300.

Celebrating 100 years at Penquite Campus

In 2017 we celebrated 100 years of the College at Penquite Campus.  Held in conjunction with the release of the book ‘Scotch College Preparatory School, St George’s Square 1937-1960’, a celebration was held in the Horton Auditorium, followed by a tree planting ceremony along the newly named Centenary Avenue by special guests and Year 5 students. The video above was shown as part of the celebration event.

The publication is available for purchase from the College.

Travel through 125 years of history with the College Timeline now!

Scotch Oakburn Archives has developed an interactive website where you can explore the College’s rich history from the 1800s. Each year since is represented with photographs, historical highlights, honour board information, war service lists, information on Principals, images of the changing uniforms, world events and much more.


Simply click on this link or the image above to visit the College Timeline to start your journey!

Our Archives

Keeping the College’s History Alive

Scotch Oakburn College has a long and proud history. Our College Archives are an important record of the existence and past achievements of the College, as archives can help to maintain a sense of belonging, stability, eternal values and continuity in our lives.

The Archives collection includes both paper documents and objects that relate to the history of MLC/Oakburn College, Scotch College and Scotch Oakburn College. These include uniforms, school magazines, a large photographic collection, trophies, books, badges and other memorabilia. The paper collection includes press clippings, speeches, reports, letters, committee minutes to name just a few.

Archives material is not for loan, but interested parties are welcome to consult the material in the Archives room. Donations of archival material is most welcome.

Email Scotch Oakburn with any enquiries.

T: (03) 6336 3300