150 years: Mount Franklin State School

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

Key information

Daylesford, 3460
26 June 1871
21 April 1955
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Other names:
Dry Diggings Common School, Dry Diggings State School

The history of Mount Franklin State School

  • 1870s

    This school opened as a common school in 1871. It was originally called Dry Diggings and it replaced Dry Diggings School (No.725), which closed in 1869.

    The first head teacher was Henry Humffray.

    There were 40 students when the school opened.

    The timber schoolhouse had a shingle roof and pine floor. It had been moved from Dry Diggings School.

    There were 77 students at the school in 1873.

    A house was built for the teacher in 1874. It had 4 rooms, a veranda, and a shingle roof.

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

  • 1917

    There were 14 students attended the school in 1917.

  • 1921

    The name of the school was changed to Mount Franklin State School.

  • 1938

    The teacher's house was sold and moved elsewhere.

  • 1940

    The schoolhouse had become very run down. It was sold and moved elsewhere. It was replaced by the schoolhouse from Tarilta State School (No. 641).

  • 1949

    Mount Franklin State School closed in 1949 because there were not enough students.

  • 1950s

    The school reopened in 1950 but was unstaffed in 1951 because there were not enough students.

    Mount Franklin State School closed in 1955.

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