Billanook College was founded by a group of committed local parents who wanted to establish a co-educational Primary and Secondary school in the emerging outer east of Melbourne.
Through their unstinting voluntary efforts, Billanook College commenced in 1980 with 10 teachers, two administration Staff and 150 students in the Parish Hall of St. Andrew’s Church in Lilydale.
The founding families were prepared to mortgage their homes to purchase the land on which the College is situated and worked tirelessly in the lead up to the College opening in February 1980. Billanook was the name the local Wurundjeri people called the site and the School’s motto Growing and Caring was chosen to reflect the values and attitudes of the founding families and the local community.
Billanook College- Oral History Project
In 2010 Billanook College celebrated its 30th Anniversary. As part of the commemorative projects and events during the year, an Oral History project was undertaken by a group of students under the direction of the English Faculty. The objective of the project was to document the invaluable stories and accounts of those who were instrumental in the establishment of Billanook College - our living history.
Dr Peter Haris, Billanook's Founding Principal (1980 - 1996)
Mr Alan Ross, Former College Principal (1997 - 2009)
Mr Roger Oates, Billanook's current Principal
Mr Rodger & Mrs Gwen Elliot, Founding Family
Mr Stephen & Mrs Lorna White, Founding Family
Mrs Helen Hoyle, Founding Deputy Principal
Mrs Carolyn Stone, Founding Mother of Billanook College
Mr Clive Evenden, Formation Committee Member
Mr Lionel Parrott, Founding Parent and Chair of Billanook College Board
Mrs Dorothy Hansen, Founding Parent
Mr Mike Pavey, Founding Parent and Chair of Billanook College Board
Mrs Audrey Ellis, Former Billanook College Primary School teacher
Mr Neville Skewes, Founding Bursar of Billanook College
Mr Steve Clarke, Founding Student, DUX and former staff member of Billanook College
Mrs Beverly Hickin, Founding Parent
Mrs Judy McPherson, Former Head of Walling House
Mrs June Tyrell, Founding staff member
Mrs Sandra Berthelsen, Former staff member
Mrs Val Edwards, Founding staff member
Rev. Peter Barnes, Founding staff member