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150 years: Kangaroo Hills State School

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

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Smeaton, 3364
1 January 1862
31 December 1953
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Other names:
Kangaroo Hills Common School

The history of Kangaroo Hills State School

  • 1862

    Kangaroo Hills opened as a common school in 1862.

    The first head teacher was Miss North.

    The school was built on the slope of a hill. The schoolhouse was a single room weatherboard building. There was no house for the teacher.

  • 1870s

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

  • 1914

     The school closed in 1914 for 2 years. 

  • 1916

     Kangaroo Hills reopened again in 1916.

  • 1953

    Kangaroo Hills State School closed in 1953. The students were moved to Smeaton State School (No. 552).

    The schoolhouse was sold and moved elsewhere.

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