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150 years: Green Hills State School

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

Key information

Wodonga, 3690
24 January 1870
19 May 1950
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Other names:
Green Hills School, Green Hills Common School, Wodonga West

The history of Green Hills State School

  • 1870

    Green Hills opened as a common school in 1870.

    The wooden schoolhouse was near a swamp and the railway line.

    There were 32 students and the head teacher was Robert MacKenzie.

    Arthur L. Butler became the head teacher in early 1871 but he left after 8 months and the school was forced to close. In 1872 Arthur L. Butler returned as head teacher and the school reopened.

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

    The school had now moved to the other side of the railway line in 1877. There was a new wooden schoolhouse with a four-room head teacher's house attached to it. The old schoolhouse was sold and moved.


  • 1903

    Low student numbers forced Green Hills to operate part time and share a teacher with Baranduda State School (No. 2222).

  • 1916

    The schoolhouse was renovated with new floors.

  • 1932

    The head teacher's house had become very run down and was damaged by ants and termites.

  • 1944

    A new teacher's house was requested to replace the damaged one.

  • 1945

    The school was vacant for 12 months.

  • 1950

    With only 4 students the school closed in 1950. The property was later damaged by fire and eventually sold.

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