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150 years: Hesket Primary School

Learn about the history of Hesket Primary School, one of Victoria's oldest public schools.

Key information

800 Romsey Road, Hesket, 3442
1 June 1870
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Other names:
American Steam Saw Mill School, Hesket State School

The history of Hesket Primary School

  • 1870s

    The school opened as a common school in 1870. It was known as the American Steam Saw Mill school at the time. The first head teacher was James Gray and more than 40 students attended. The school building was wooden with a brick chimney and a shingle roof. The teacher's residence had two rooms.

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

    The school was renamed to Hesket State School in 1879. 

  • 1883

    The teacher's residence was sold in 1883. 

  • 1884

    There were 844 students enrolled in 1884 but average attendance was 30 to 40 students. 

  • 1886

    A new school building was completed in 1886. It included four rooms for a teacher residence. The old building was sold. 

  • 1900s

    A new classroom was added in 1908. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Hesket Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Hesket Primary School is still in operation.

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