150 years: Coomoora State School

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

Key information

Coomoora, 3461
1 July 1866
31 August 1945
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Coomoora Common School

The history of Coomoora State School

  • 1866

    Coomoora was opened as a common school in 1866.

    The first head teacher was James U. Browne and there were 34 children enrolled.

    The children were mostly from saw-milling, flour-milling and gold-mining families near Daylesford.

  • 1870s

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

  • 1945

    The school had closed in 1945 after 79 years.

    The last head teacher was Mathew Murphy.

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