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150 years: Chepstowe State School

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

Key information

Chepstowe, 3351
5 December 1865
29 May 1930
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Other names:
Chepstowe Common School

The history of Chepstowe State School

  • 1865

    Chepstowe school opened as a common school in 1865.

    A local house was converted into the schoolroom.

    The first head teacher was William B. Wilson and 35 children were enrolled.

  • 1870s

    A new stone schoolhouse with a sawn shingled roof was built in 1872.

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

  • 1895

     The school closed temporarily because of low student numbers.

  • 1890s to 1910s

    The school re-opened and operated part time with both Mortchup State School (No. 156) and then Springvale State School (No. 1544).

    When a school operates part-time the teacher splits their time between both schools.

    The school closed again on 3 June 1911, but then re-opened part-time with Mena Park State School (No. 4313).

  • 1930

    Chepstowe State School closed in 1930.

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