150 years: Cathcart State School

Learn about the history of Cathcart State School, one of Victoria's oldest public schools.

Key information

Cathcart, 3377
23 April 1872
31 December 1950
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Other names:
Cathcart Common School, Old Ararat

The history of Cathcart State School

  • 1870s

    Cathcart opened in 1872 as a common school for 100 children. It was also known as Old Ararat. 

    The first head teacher was L.F. Renehan. It replaced the Church of England school that had operated since 1858.

    The schoolhouse was a brick building with two rooms and a porch.

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

    The schoolhouse was expanded in 1875 to accommodate 130 students.

  • 1950

    Cathcart was closed in 1950 because there were now only 6 children living in the area.

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