150 years: California Gully Primary School

Learn about the history of California Gully Primary School, one of Victoria's oldest public schools.

Key information

4-14 Staley Street, California Gully, 3556
1 January 1861
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Other names:
Roper's School, California Gully School, California Gully Common School, California Gully State School

The history of California Gully Primary School

  • 1859

    California Gully opened in 1859. It was known as Roper's School when it opened.

    The first head teacher was R.W Fawcett.

    Classes were held in a timber slab hut. 

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862.

    A new schoolhouse was built. 

  • 1870s

    The school became a state school at some stage between 1873 and 1878. 

    The school closed in December 1878 and later opened as an adjunct of Long Gully State School. This meant that students went to Long Gully for some classes. 

  • 1883

    A new building was built. It had a woodwork, needlework and a cookery room.

  • 1908

    The school re-opened as a separate school from Long Gully. 

  • 1910s

    There were around 104 students enrolled at the school in the 1910s. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed California Gully Primary School.

  • 2022

    California Gully Primary School is still in operation.

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