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150 years: Crowlands Primary School

Learn about the history of Crowlands Primary School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Crowlands, 3377
16 February 1863
31 December 1993
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Other names:
United Episcopalian and Presbyterian School, United Episcopalian and Presbyterian Common School, Crowlands State School

The history of Crowlands Primary School

  • 1863

    The school opened as the United Episcopalian and Presbyterian School.

    The first head teacher was Mr Butler and Mrs Butler taught sewing to the girls.

    Mr Butler was also the clerk of courts, post-master and registrar of births and deaths.

    Six students attended on the first day and the average attendance was 22 by the end of the first year.

  • 1864 to 1865

    Financial aid for the teacher's salary was provided by the Board of Education.

  • 1868

    The school became a common school.

  • 1870

    Samuel Wilkinson became head teacher.

    He also became postmaster.

  • 1875

    The Department of Education rented the building for school purposes.

    The school became a state school in the same year.

    At some stage, the school became known as Crowlands.

    The exact date of its name change is unknown.

  • 1889

    Wilkinson left the school.

    The school building transferred from Bulgana soon after his departure.

  • 1882

    A fire destroyed sections of the school's interior and roof as well as the teacher's house.

    The damage was immediately repaired.

  • 1910

    A new school building was built.

  • 1968

    There were 34 students enrolled.

  • 1970

    The name of the school changed to Crowlands Primary School in 1970.

  • 1971

    Enrolment rose to 48.

  • 1993

    The school closed due to low enrolment.

    The building is now a private house.

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