150 years: Whroo State School

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

Key information

Whroo, 3612
1 December 1858
31 December 1941
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Other names:
Whroo Common School, Whroo State School

The history of Whroo State School

  • 1850s

    Whroo opened as a national school in 1858.

    The first head teacher was Thomas Meagher. He was a miner but he had been to school. This was unusual for the miners in the area at this time.

    A schoolhouse was built.

  • 1860

    Elizabeth Gyle became work mistress to help Thomas Meagher. When Elizabeth married, she was replaced by Ann Bergin.

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862.

  • 1870s

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

  • 1941

     Whroo State School closed in 1941.

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