150 years: Percydale State School

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

Key information

Percydale, 3478
1 January 1869
26 February 1942
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Other names:
Percydale Common School

The history of Percydale State School

  • 1869

    Percydale School first opened as a private school in 1869.

    The teacher was Caroline Morman.

    The average number of students at the school was about 40.

    A timber schoolhouse with a shingle roof was built.

  • 1870s

    Percydale became a common school in 1870 when Elijah Gilsenan was head teacher. 

    The number of students enrolled had grown to 113.

    The schoolhouse was not big enough so classes had to be held in the Wesleyan Chapel next door.

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

    A new classroom was added to the schoolhouse in 1874.

    A house was built for the head teacher in 1877. It had 4 rooms.

  • 1890s

    The post office and the Registry of Births and Deaths also operated from the schoolhouse during the 1890s. They were run by the head teacher.

  • 1942

    Percydale State School closed in 1942.

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