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Werribee Estate school site and School teacher's house,
Duncans Road,
Werribee South

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Werribee Estate school site and School teacher's house,
Duncans Road,
Werribee South

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A former school site bordered at the front by Duncans Road and on the other three sides by an irrigation channel.

Date

1997
1997

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Context Pty Ltd
Context Pty Ltd

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City of Wyndham Heritage Study 1997
City of Wyndham Heritage Study 1997

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eng
eng

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The school site is bordered at the front by Duncans Road and on the other three sides by an irrigation channel.  Maimones Road runs behind the site.  Today, the site consists of a small weatherboard house, and a large rectangular area.  The site consists of a small weatherboard house and a large rectangular fenced area bordered in places by large cypress pine trees.  The first school in the Werribee South area was located here and the shelter shed is said to have been part of the school grounds.

The small weatherboard house is said to be the former school teacher’s house.  It is located immediately to the south of the fenced site.

At the southern end of the site is a small telephone exchange building owned by Telstra.

Formerly known as the Werribee Estate School, Werribee South Primary School No. 3193 once stood on this site.  It was officially opened on 4 October 1915 for the children of the many farming families attached to the area following the introduction of irrigation in 1913.  Many of these farmers raised dairy herds and planted crops.  The chosen site was separated from other land on three sides by a deep irrigation channel, and was bounded on the east side by Duncans Road.  Although too small for farming, it was an ideal school site.  The prime mover for the founding of the school was a district dairy farmer, Samuel J. Thomas, who was President of the first school committee.

The name Werribee Estate was used until 1928.  In 1959 increased enrolments resulted in the securing of a second class room.  An Army hut was purchased and moved to the school ground in Duncans Road. The school was in use until the early 1990s.  The site was apparently sold and is now in private ownership.  The small school teacher’s house is occupied and privately owned.  A small telephone exchange building is locate at the southern end of the former school site.

From the 1920s, there was a second school in Werribee South.  The Soldier’s Memorial Hall in Diggers Road was used as a school from 1927 until 1937 when the Werribee Park Primary School in Cayleys Road was built.

The school site is bordered at the front by Duncans Road and on the other three sides by an irrigation channel.  Maimones Road runs behind the site.  Today, the site consists of a small weatherboard house, and a large rectangular area.  The site consists of a small weatherboard house and a large rectangular fenced area bordered in places by large cypress pine trees.  The first school in the Werribee South area was located here and the shelter shed is said to have been part of the school grounds.

The small weatherboard house is said to be the former school teacher’s house.  It is located immediately to the south of the fenced site.

At the southern end of the site is a small telephone exchange building owned by Telstra.

Formerly known as the Werribee Estate School, Werribee South Primary School No. 3193 once stood on this site.  It was officially opened on 4 October 1915 for the children of the many farming families attached to the area following the introduction of irrigation in 1913.  Many of these farmers raised dairy herds and planted crops.  The chosen site was separated from other land on three sides by a deep irrigation channel, and was bounded on the east side by Duncans Road.  Although too small for farming, it was an ideal school site.  The prime mover for the founding of the school was a district dairy farmer, Samuel J. Thomas, who was President of the first school committee.

The name Werribee Estate was used until 1928.  In 1959 increased enrolments resulted in the securing of a second class room.  An Army hut was purchased and moved to the school ground in Duncans Road. The school was in use until the early 1990s.  The site was apparently sold and is now in private ownership.  The small school teacher’s house is occupied and privately owned.  A small telephone exchange building is locate at the southern end of the former school site.

From the 1920s, there was a second school in Werribee South.  The Soldier’s Memorial Hall in Diggers Road was used as a school from 1927 until 1937 when the Werribee Park Primary School in Cayleys Road was built.

Citation

Wyndham City Libraries and Wyndham City Libraries, “Werribee Estate school site and School teacher's house,
Duncans Road,
Werribee South,” Wyndham History, accessed June 13, 2021, https://wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/1151.

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