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150 years: Rheola Primary School

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

Key information

Wedderburn-Dunolly Road, Rheola, 3517
1 January 1870
1 January 1978
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Other names:
Rheola Common School, Rheola State School

The history of Rheola Primary School

  • 1870s

    Rheola opened as a common school in 1870.

    The first head teacher was James Downes.

    The local community raised the money to build the school.

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

    There were around 80 students at the school in 1875. Girls and boys were taught in separate areas of the school.

  • 1925

    A smaller schoolhouse with only one room was built.

    There were not as many students at the school in 1925.

  • 1947

    A tree plantation was first planted in 1947. More trees were planted in 1949 and again in 1950.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Rheola Primary School in 1970. 

  • 1978

    Rheola Primary School closed in 1978.

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