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150 years: Lilliput State School

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

Key information

Lilliput, 3682
4 October 1869
31 December 1969
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Other names:
Lilliput Common School

The history of Lilliput State School

  • 1869

    Lilliput opened as a common school in 1869.

    The first head teacher was Richard Dixon. He was the head teacher for 37 years.

    Classes were held in a wooden schoolhouse with a shingle roof.

  • 1870s

    A house was built for the head teacher in 1870. It had 2 rooms.

    The school became a state school sometime between 1873 and 1878.

    There were 68 students enrolled at the school in 1874.

    The schoolhouse was not big enough for all of the students. Some students were taught in a large Aboriginal shelter made from bark, branches, leaves and grass. This type of shelter is called a mia-mia.

    A new classroom was built in 1874 to replace the mia-mia.

    Another 2 rooms were added to the teacher's house in 1878.

  • 1888

    The size of the school grounds was increased.

  • 1904

    The teacher's house was burnt down in August 1904.

  • 1912

    A new wooden school was built because the old schoolhouse had been damaged by termites.

  • 1915

    The old damaged schoolhouse was sold and moved offsite.

  • 1925

    A well was sank to provide water to the school.

  • 1935

    There were 14 students enrolled in 1935.

  • 1940

    There were now only 8 students enrolled at the school.

  • 1944

    Lilliput State School closed the first time because there were only 5 students.

  • 1947

    The school reopened because a family with 5 children had moved to the area.

    There were now 9 students enrolled at the school.

  • 1969

    Lilliput State School closed again in 1969.

Find more interesting facts about this school

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