150 years: Leviathan Reef State School

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

Key information

Bowenvale, 3465
1 January 1864
31 December 1902
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Other names:
Chinaman's Flat Common School, Chinaman's Flat State School, Leviathan Reef Common School

The history of Leviathan Reef State School

  • 1864

    This school opened as a common school in 1864. It was known as both Leviathan Reef and Chinaman's Flat school.

    The schoolhouse had 2 rooms and was made of bricks.

  • 1870s

    This school became a state school between 1873 and 1878.

  • 1880s

    A new brick schoolhouse was built sometime in the 1880s. The old building became a shelter.

    A house was also built for the head teacher.

  • 1890s

    The school became an adjunct to Timor State School (No. 1207). This meant that after grade 4, students went to Timor or Maryborough State School (No. 404) for classes.

  • 1902

    Leviathan Reef State School closed in 1902 when the number of students enrolled at the school was only 14.

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