150 years: Adelaide Lead State School

Learn about the history of Adelaide Lead State School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

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Maryborough , 4650
1 January 1863
1 May 1994
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Adelaide Lead Common School

The history of Adelaide Lead Primary school

  • 1863

    Adelaide Lead opened as a common school. It serviced the gold mining settlement community along the banks of Timor Creek.

  • 1880s

    In the late 1880s head teacher David Bilton and his wife taught at the school. They rode 13 km from Craigie in their buggy each day.

  • 1910s

    Many past students of the school served in the First World War.

    The local town hall erected an honour roll commemorating Adelaide Lead pupils who served in the First World War. The honour roll is still on display today in 2022.

  • 1954

    The school closed due to low attendance. At that time, the head teacher was Mrs Chamberlain.

    Tullaroop Shire Council purchased the brick school building. It became the new town hall.

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