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150 years: Tooboorac North State School

Learn about the history of Tooboorac North State School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Tooborac, 3522
17 February 1862
31 December 1916
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Other names:
Tooboorac Common School, Tooboorac State School

The history of Tooboorac North State School

  • 1862

    The school was recognised as a common school in 1862, although it likely opened earlier.

    The first known head teacher was Andrew Dawn.

  • 1874

    There were 40 students were enrolled and the school was overcrowded.

  • 1876

    The school building was considered beyond repair and a new building was erected.

    The old school building became the teacher's house.

    Charles W Holloway was head teacher at the time.

  • 1880

    The school closed as enrolment had fallen to 19 students.

    The school buildings were moved to Tooboorac State School (No. 1225).

  • 1898

    Local residents campaigned for the school to be re-established. It reopened as Tooborac North State School in a Wesleyan Church.

    The brick church was leased by the Department of Education.

  • 1910

    Tooboorac North State School had low student numbers so it became a part-time school.

    It shared its only teacher with Warrowitue State School (No. 3409), and the teacher split their time between both schools.

  • 1912

    The school now worked part-time with Derrinal (Knowsley East) State School (No. 3009).

  • 1916

    The school closed in 1916.

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