150 years: Mount Wallace Primary School

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

Key information

Old Geelong Road, Ballan, 3342
23 January 1871
27 June 1997
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Other names:
Mount Wallace Common School, Mount Wallace State School

The history of Mount Wallace Primary School

  • 1871

    Mount Wallace opened as a common school in 1871.

    The first head teacher was Roderick Robertson. Classes were held in a timber schoolhouse.

  • 1870s

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

    A house with 2 rooms was built for the head teacher in 1876.

  • 1895

    Because student numbers were low, the school became part-time. Mount Wallace shared the teacher with Beremboke State School (No.1017). The teacher taught across both schools.

    Trees were planted in the school grounds in 1895.

  • 1898

    The school closed in March and reopened again part-time in June 1898.

  • 1899

    The school closed again in March 1899. It remained closed for 5 years.

  • 1904

    Mount Wallace reopened on 14 November 1904 but closed one year later.

  • 1919

    The school remained closed until 1919. It reopened part time and again shared the teacher with Beremboke State School (No.1017).

  • 1927

    The school closed in July 1927.

  • 1928

    Mount Wallace reopened part time in 1928 and shared the teacher with Bungeeltap South State School No. 1751.

  • 1932

    The school closed in October 1932.

  • 1950

    Mount Wallace reopened full-time on 1 August 1950. Classes were held in the supper-room of a community hall.

  • 1957

    A new school was built on the private land of Mr L.E. Spriggs.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Mount Wallace Primary School in 1970.

  • 1997

    Mount Wallace Primary School closed in 1997.

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