150 years: Yeodene Primary School

Learn about the history of Yeodene Primary School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

Yeodene/Birregurra Road, Yeodene, 3249
1 February 1872
31 December 1993
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Other names:
Yeodene Common School, Yeodene State School

The history of Yeodene Primary School

  • 1870

    The local community applied to have a common school established. 

    The school was named Yeo.

    A committee was established to raise funds to build the school.

    The Board of Education gave 52 pounds (this was back when our money was called the Australian Pound) towards the cost of the building.

  • 1872

    James Inglis built the school for 90 pounds with land donated by local resident named Meredith.

    The first head teacher was John Camm.

    The school had between 70 and 80 students.

  • 1880s

    Yeo became a part-time school after student numbers dropped.

    Enrolments had dropped because the local population had decreased  

    The school had to share their only teacher with another school that also had low student numbers. The teacher had to divide his time between both schools. 

    The teacher's name was Daniel Neville. 

  • 1884

    George William became head teacher.

  • 1897

    The school closed and the building was taken over by a local church that hosted Sunday School. 

    A local councillor, John Hancock, donated land for a new school to be built.

    The school re-opened in the same year, under a new name of Yeodene.

  • 1911

    School children and teacher outside small timber Yeodene Primary School in 1911
  • 1970

    The name of the school changed to Yeodene Primary School. 

  • 1993

    Yeodene closed, and the school site was sold to someone who made it their private home.

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