Gilmore College for Girls has been a beacon of success in the city of Footscray for 92 years.
Gilmore College for Girls was founded in 1925 as the Footscray Domestic Arts School in response to the vast demand for employment in the Domestic Arts. Aspirations for young women have progressed greatly over the decades and Gilmore College changed and developed continually.
Consequently, the name of the College has changed over the decades to reflect the rapid progress in girls’ education. Today Gilmore for Girls College is an academically focussed, technology rich and very successful educational provider.
In 1996 we became Gilmore College in recognition of Dame Mary Gilmore. Mary Gilmore, who was born in 1865, campaigned against discrimination of all kinds but is particularly remembered for protesting against discrimination on behalf of aborigines, the elderly, women and children. She wrote for several newspapers and magazines, using poetry to highlight social issues. Mary Gilmore is indeed a fitting role model for our young women.
Students from local suburbs and many students from distant suburbs, travel to Gilmore College via train and bus everyday. The College was once seen as a regional centre for the education of girls, but over the years it has become the College of choice for girls from both local and quite distant suburbs. It is also accredited to educate international students.
We are proud of our multi-cultural richness at Gilmore, where all students strive for excellence in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
In 2015 Gilmore celebrated it’s 90th anniversary. There was a reunion/gathering on the 28th March 2015. Check out the Facebook page to see photos of the day.