150 years: Rothwell State School

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

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Little River, 3211
2 July 1856
31 March 1894
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Rothwell Common School

The history of Rothwell State School

  • 1856

    Rothwell opened as a national school in 1856. Classes were held in the home of the Rev. Thomas Fullager.

  • 1862

    Rothwell became a common school in 1862. The number of students enrolled at the school was increasing. A stone schoolhouse was built.

  • 1870s

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

    The school closed in September 1877 because there were not enough students.

    The school reopened in July 1879. This was because some children had to walk too far to get to the closest school.

  • 1887

    Rothwell closed in March 1887 and the schoolhouse was sold. The school reopened again September 1887.

  • 1894

    Rothwell State School permanently closed in 1894.

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