150 years: Waurn Ponds Primary School

Learn about the history of Waurn Ponds, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Waurn Ponds, 3216
1 February 1871
1 January 1979
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Other names:
Waurn Ponds Common School, Waurn Ponds State School

The history of Waurn Ponds Primary School

  • 1871

    Opened as a common school in western Geelong. 

    The original limestone school building had an attached teacher's house. 

    The first head teacher was Lewis Walters who taught 41 students. 

  • 1892

    Lewis Walters stopped teaching at the school after 21 years of service.

  • 1923

    Sir Alexander Peacock, Minister of Education, opened a new weatherboard school building.

    R Polley, the School Committee Correspondent, played an important role. 

  • 1970

    The name of the school changed to Waurn Ponds Primary School in 1970. 

  • 1979

    The school closed in 1979.

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