Mini facts of Rushworth and the schools of the area
Approximate Location: 45km SW of Shepparton and 20km west of Murchison.
Comments: Rushworth goldfields discovered in 1853. The township was surveyed and proclaimed by 1859. Nearby goldfields included Bowmans Gully, Canadian Hill, Chinamans Flat, Dry Diggings, Growlers Hill, Main Gully and Parramatta Gully.
Schools of the area:
– A non-vested National school opened in 1858 and closed as SS524 in 1870.
– A Presbyterian school opened in 1859 and closed as SS532 in December 1872.
– SS1057 opened in January 1872 or 1873. It became a HES (Higher Elementary school) in 1931 and split into a Primary and High school in 1961. The Primary School was relocated to new premises in 1962 and closed sometime after 1970.
– SS4654 Rushworth Migrant Centre opened in 1949 and closed in 1952. This was situated at the previous War Camp 3.
– The High School took over the premises vacated by the Primary School in 1962.
– A P-12 (i.e. primary to year 12) school (#6238) opened in 1996 (replacing SS1057 and the High School) and is still operational today.
Churches: A brick Anglican church (St Paul’s) was built in High Street in 1867/70.
Rev John Truscott held the first Methodist service on 15 December 1868, two months after the Sunday School was completed. A church was erected in 1879/1880 and replaced in 1891.
Other Buildings of Note: A timber court house was built in High Street in 1853 and it was replaced by a brick one on the same site in 1877. It last sat in 1989.
The Mechanics’ Institute operated as early as 1861 firstly in the National School and then in the shire hall until it opened its own hall in 1898. However the building of the railway line required the building to be demolished and a new building on the current site in High Street was completed in 1914. It now houses the Rushworth Museum.