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150 years: Chewton Primary School

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

Key information

1 Hunter Street, Chewton, 3451
1 October 1870
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Other names:
Chewton Common School, Chewton State School

The history of Chewton Primary School

  • 1870s

    Chewton opened as a common school in 1870. The first head teacher was Robert William Tate. The number of students going to the school was 133 (74 boys and 59 girls). 

    A new brick schoolhouse was built in 1871.

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

  • 1900

    The number of students going to the school had grown to 333. The school was now overcrowded. 

  • 1911

    A new school building opened in Hunter St.

  • 1917

    The old school building known locally as the 'Park School', was demolished.

  • 1927

    A pine tree plantation was created. The trees would be sold when grown to raise money for the school. The first trees were sold for 1,182 pounds (this was when our money was called the Australian Pound). The money was invested and used to buy equipment for the school.

  • 1929

    The Mothers' Club was formed. They raised money for the school.

  • 1962

    An event was held to recognise that the school had been open for 100 years. New gates were installed to mark the event.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Chewton Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Chewton Primary School is still in operation.

Find more interesting facts about this school

The Public Records Office (PROV) is the archive of Victoria's State and local government. They look after some of our oldest school records, and we can use these records to help us understand what school life used to be like.

Now it is your turn to do some detective work. Take a look to see what information they have on this school.