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150 years: Happy Valley State School

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

Key information

Ballarat, 3350
1 February 1860
31 December 1940
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Other names:
Lucky Woman's Common School, Lucky Woman's State School

The history of Happy Valley State School

  • 1863

    The school opened as Lucky Woman's in 1863.

    The school was located in the Linton area, a small mining township.

    The first head teacher was Thomas Lea.

    89 students had enrolled. 

  • 1883

    The name of the school changed to Happy Valley.

    The brick school building was built in this period. 

  • 1920s

    Enrolment declined in the 1920s to around 10 students.

  • 1932

    Enrolment continued to decline and the school was closed.

  • 1933

    The school reopened briefly under head teacher Selina McFarlane.


  • 1936

    It closed again at some stage before reopening in 1936 under head teacher Maxwell Brown.

    The school was closed finally in 1936.

  • 1940

    The building was sold.

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