150 years: Couangalt State School

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

Key information

Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437
6 April 1863
31 December 1947
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Other names:
Cabbage Tree Hill, Cabbage Tree Hill Common School, Couangalt, Couangalt Common School

The history of Couangalt State School

  • 1863

    The school opened as a common school in 1863. It was originally known as Cabbage Tree Hill Common School.

    The first head teacher was Henry E. Smith and the average attendance was 23 students.

    The wooden school building had a classroom at one end and the head teacher lived at the other end.

  • 1870s

    A new bluestone and brick school was built in 1871.

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

  • 1885

    The school changed its name to Couangalt State School.

  • 1890

    The average number of students attending school had dropped to 10.

  • 1908

    The school building was so run down it was becoming unsafe to use as a school. A new and larger site was chosen for a new schoolhouse.

  • 1910

    A new wooden schoolhouse was opened.

    George L. Mitchell was head teacher at the time.

  • 1939

    The wooden schoolhouse was burnt down and another schoolhouse was built.

  • 1947

    There were not enough students so the school closed in 1947.

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