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150 years: Bonn State School No. 1297

Learn about the history of Bonn State School No. 1297, one of Victoria's oldest public schools.

Key information

Bonn, 3562
1 January 1874
1 January 1879
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Other names:
Bonn School, Rural School 16, Bonn State School

The history of Bonn State School

  • 1870

    Bonn School No. 1297 opened as a rural school in 1870.

    The first head teacher was James Underwood.

    Classes were held in a building with no floor, chimney or glass in the windows. There was little furniture or equipment.

    Water was carried in a bucket from the river 1.6 km away.

  • 1874

    The school became a state school in 1874.

    The head teacher at the time was Joseph Doran.

  • 1879

    Bonn State School (No. 1297) closed along with Bonn State School (No. 1080).

    The students from both schools moved to a new school called Bonn State School (No. 2191).

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