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150 years: Norval State School

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

Key information

Norval, 3377
1 January 1871
31 December 1941
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Other names:
O'Possum Gully Common School, Norval Common School

The history of Norval State School

  • 1870s

    The school opened as a common school in 1871. It was called Opossum Gully at the time. It later changed its name to Norval.

    The first head teach was George Ellis.

    The schoolhouse had a classroom and there were rooms attached to it for the head teacher to live in.

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

  • 1900

    There were 42 students at the school in 1900 (26 girls and 16 boys).

  • 1916

    A new head teachers house was built that was not attached to the schoolhouse.

  • 1920

    The number of students enrolled at the school had risen to 80.

  • 1941

    Norval State School closed in 1941.

    Its buildings were moved to Maroona State School (No.1943).

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