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150 years: Waterloo Flat State School

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

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Beaufort, 3373
1 January 1860
31 May 1955
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Waterloo Flat Common School

The history of Waterloo Flat State School

  • 1860

    Waterloo Flat opened in the goldmining centre of Waterloo.

    The original school building had three rooms.

  • 1918

    The miners and their families left the area over a few decades.

    This caused the number of students enrolled at the school to fall.

    This caused a district inspector to report in 1918 that 'The township is a decadent mining centre', reflecting that it was in decline after the heyday of its gold mining boom.  

    During the First World War the students contributed money and goods to the war relief fund.

  • 1927

    A Young Farmers' Club was formed and the first trees were planted in the school's timber plantation.

  • 1931

    The head teacher, T. Ryan, and his students built a tennis court in the school grounds. As the school was built on a slope, this became the only level ground on the site.

  • 1942

    Two rooms that were no longer used as classrooms were turned into a handcraft room and a puppet theatre.

    During the Second World War students continued supporting the war relief fund.

  • 1948

    The school won the Australian Natives Prize. These were annual prizes awarded for the best kept school grounds. 

  • 1954

    The school only had six students. 

  • 1955

    The school closed in 1955.

    Students travelled by bus to Beaufort Higher Elementary School (No. 60).

    The school building and teacher house was sold.

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