150 years: Wattle Flat State School

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

Key information

Wattle Flat, 3352
20 May 1864
10 March 1959
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Other names:
Wombat Hill Common School, Wombat Hill State School

The history of Wattle Flat State School

  • 1864

    The school opened as a common school in 1864. It was originally called Wombat Hill. The first head teacher was Edwin Davis.

  • 1865

    A timber schoolhouse with a shingle roof was built that was big enough for 74 students. A timber house was built for the head teacher. This house had 4 rooms.

  • 1870s

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

    Student numbers were increasing and the average number of students going to school in 1877 was 70.

  • 1888

    The school moved locations and opened at another site in 1888. A new timber schoolhouse was built. There were 4 rooms attached for the head teacher to live in.

  • 1890

    The school was renamed Wattle Flat in 1890.

  • 1892

    The number of students enrolled at the school had dropped to 14.

  • 1946

    There were 27 students enrolled at the school in 1946.

  • 1959

    Wattle Flat State School closed in 1959 due to low student numbers.

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