150 years: Ross Creek Primary School

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

Key information

Ross Creek, 3351
1 June 1865
17 July 1994
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Other names:
Ross Creek Common School, Ross Creek State School

The history of Ross Creek Primary School

  • 1865

    Ross Creek opened as a common school in 1865.

    The first head teacher was Joseph M. Starling.

    During the first year there were 47 students enrolled.

    Classes were held in a timber schoolhouse. It had a shingle roof and a brick chimney.

  • 1867

    A house had been built for the head teacher by 1867.

  • 1873

    Ross Creek became a state school in 1873.

  • 1875

    Around 520 students had enrolled in the first ten years that the school had been opened.

  • 1915

    A new building was opened by the head teacher, Florence Mary Hunter.

  • 1965

    The school held an event to commemorate being open for 100 years . There were 400 guests at the event. A tree was planted by Mrs W. Tuddenham.

    Mrs Tuddenham lived in Ross Creek and was 90 years old.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Ross Creek Primary School in 1970. 

  • 1994

    Ross Creek Primary School was closed in 1994 when it combined with other schools to form Woady Yaloak Primary School (No. 5440).

    The schools that combined were:

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