150 years: Caramut Primary School

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

Key information

Palmer Street, Caramut, 3274
1 January 1861
31 December 2004
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Other names:
Caramut School, Caramut Common School, Caramut State School

The history of Caramut State School

  • 1861

    Caramut opened in 1861 and was located next to the post office.

    It replaced a private school that was taught in a shed that students had to pay to attend.

    The schoolhouse was made of stone and had a classroom and three other rooms.

    The first head teacher was G. Launder.

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862. 

  • 1869

    A new bluestone building was completed and the school moved to the new site. 

  • 1870s

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

  • 1883

    Mr J. Whyte became the head teacher. He taught children during the day, and taught reading and writing to the local community at night.

    The school was used by the local community for meetings and services up until a community hall and church were built.

  • 1948

    The population of the district was growing and the size of the school grew.

  • 1958

    The number of students enrolled at the school was now three times higher than 10 years earlier.

    Two extra classrooms were added to the old bluestone schoolhouse.

  • 1968

    The school playground was extended and a house was bought for the head teacher.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Caramut Primary School in 1970. 

  • 2004

    Caramut Primary School closed in 2004 when it combined with Mortlake P-12 College (No. 5376).

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