Fyansford Primary School
Common School No. 913 at Fyansford was opened in temporary premises on 1 July, 1867.
A Crown Land site was obtained and gazetted by the Department on 28 November, 1873.
The new State School No. 1691 was officially opened on 1 February, 1876.
No. 913 was struck off the roll.
The school was selected as the Rural Training School for Geelong and district during 1927.
Source: Public Record Office Victoria
The first state school was opened July 1st, 1876.
It was known amongst the early residents as the ‘Tin School’, being constructed of galvanised iron.
Miss Emmeline Hopton was appointed head teacher at Fyansford School in 1887"
Fyansford History Notes By Roy Holden (Geelong Heritage Centre Ref. 3221F 994.52 FYA)
a chronological perspective…
1837 Fyansford named after Foster Fyans (first Police Magistrate for the area) who took up land when he arrived in the area.
1843 John Atkins built an inn on the western bank of the Moorabool.
1854 Traffic through the township during the gold rushes led to the building of another inn and a wooden bridge.
1865 Fyansford becoming an established agricultural and pastoral district with numerous vineyards and orchards.
1876 Paper mill established.
1889 Cement works began operations.
1867 Fyansford Primary School, located by the Hamilton Highway, was opened as Common School No. 913. In its opening year it had an enrolment of 95 children and an average attendance of 28 girls and 28 boys. There were 32 destitute scholars at the school, for whom the government contributed £9.11.0 for fees. Other students paid £21.7.6 in fees.
1872 As a result of the Education Act the school was taken over as a State school. A site for a State owned building was obtained by the Department of Education and gazetted as Crown land reserved for school purposes on 28 November.
1875 The one-room school was constructed by contractor J. Pile and Sons in stone with a shingle roof at a cost of £599.4.0
1876 On 1 January the school became State School no. 1691, with
No. 913 being struck off the roll. The school had accommodation for 100 children.
1899 The shingle roof was replaced or covered with iron.
1928 Some drainage work, repairs and renovations were carried out by contractor, B. J. Perrott. The gable windows were probably enlarged at this time and a new accordion-type screen was installed to partition the school into two classrooms. The school is regarded as an important example of the work of Public Works Department architect H. R. Bastow.
1927 Fyansford was selected as the Rural Training School for Geelong and district.
1989 In September the school was selected to represent the Barwon South Western region in the curriculum innovation awards. It won the award in November.
1996 The school closed. Source: Department of Infrastructure, Victoria, 13 March 1997
This is a photo of Fyansford Primary school from 1985. @Pamela Mcleod shared this photo. And, as you can see, there are not a lot of students.
The school is now a private residence.
I did a teaching round at Fyansford Primary School back in the early sixties.
At the time it was a lovely 2-teacher rural-training school.
I would love to see more photos or hear anecdotes from this important period in Fyansford's history.
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