150 years: Upper Buckland State School

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

Key information

Buckland, 3740
16 January 1871
3 January 1938
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Other names:
Upper Buckland Common School

The history of Upper Buckland State School

  • 1870s

    Upper Buckland opened as a common school in 1871.

    The first head teacher was Sarah Slater.

    Classes were held in a timber schoolhouse. A house with 4 rooms had been built for the teacher.

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

  • 1886

    Because student numbers were low, the school became part time. Upper Buckland shared a teacher with Miner's Right State School (No. 1703). The teacher taught across both schools.

  • 1888

    The school was able to return to full time teaching. 

  • 1893

     Student numbers had dropped again forcing Upper Buckland to share the teacher with Miner's Right.

  • 1899

    The teacher's house was destroyed by fire in January 1899.

  • 1903

    Upper Buckland was operating part time again and now shared a teacher with Lower Buckland State School (No.1029).

  • 1918

    The Upper Buckland State School closed in 1918.

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