150 years: Mountain Hut State School

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

Key information

Avoca, 3467
1 April 1863
22 June 1885
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Other names:
Mountain Hut School, Mountain Hut Common School

The history of Mountain Hut State School

  • 1863

    Mountain Hut opened as a rural school in 1863.

    The head teacher was Jane Piper.

    The timber schoolhouse had a bark roof and a clay floor.

    The average number of students going to the school was 40.

  • 1868

    This school became a common school in 1868.

    A large building was provided to be used as the schoolhouse. It had previously been used as a storehouse.

    The average number of students going to the school was 46.

    The head teacher was John Maxwell.

  • 1870s

    The schoolhouse was destroyed by fire in June 1870.

    Classes were held in a hut while a new schoolhouse was built.

    There were 52 students enrolled during this time.

    The new hardwood schoolhouse was finished in 1871. It had a shingle roof.

    This school became a state school between 1873 and 1878.

  • 1883

    There were only 7 students enrolled at the school in 1883.

  • 1885

    Mountain Hut State School closed in 1885.

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