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150 years: Eganstown State School

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

Key information

Daylesford , 3460
1 November 1861
31 December 1940
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Other names:
Deep Creek National School, Deep Creek Common, Deep Creek State School

The history of Eganstown State School

  • 1860s

    Originally known as Deep Creek, the school opened as a national school in 1861.

    It was located in the town of Deep Creek 7 km south-west of Daylesford.

    The first head teacher was John Curran and the average attendance was 25.

    The wooden school building could hold up to 82 students. There was also a three-room teacher's house. 

    The school became a common school in the 1860s.

  • 1873

     The Department of Education took over the school and it became a state school.

  • 1881

    The name of the town and the school changed to Eganstown in 1881.


  • 1882

    A new brick or stone building was built in 1882. It could accommodate 100 students.

  • 1883

    The teacher's house was extended in 1883 to include two more rooms.

  • 1940

     The school closed in 1940.

Can you help us find records for this school?

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