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150 years: Parwan State School

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

Key information

Bacchus Marsh, 3340
11 July 1868
31 December 1930
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Other names:
Parwan Common School

The history of Parwan State School

  • 1868

    Parwan opened as a common school in 1868.

    The first head teacher was Robert Boyle.

    Before Parwan opened, Robert Boyle had been teaching around 40 students in a crowded vacant house. They had to use boxes, slabs of timber and bricks as desks and chairs.

    A brick schoolhouse was built and included rooms for the head teacher to live in.

  • 1870s

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

  • 1930

     Parwan State School closed in 1930.

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