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150 years: East Bellarine State School

Learn about the history of East Bellarine State School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Bellarine , 3223
25 August 1854
18 September 1892
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Other names:
East Bellarine School, East Bellarine Common School, East Bellarine State School

The history of East Bellarine State School

  • 1854

    East Bellarine School was opened in 1854 by the Free Church of Scotland.

    The first head teacher was Angus McLeod.

    There were 46 students enrolled, but the average attendance was only 28. Classes were taught in a rented building.

  • 1870s

    In 1873 the average attendance was 67. This dropped to 24 by the late 1870s.

  • 1892

    The school closed.

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The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) only hold historical correspondence records for this closed school. If you have any, or if you know of any, please let us know by emailing