Mollongghip

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Origin of the name

History

Governance

Geography and climate

Mollongghip is a rural settlement immediately west of the Wombat State Forest. It is 18 km south-west of Daylesford and slightly less south-east of Creswick. The undulating landscape of Mollongghip has good agricultural soil. Settlers named it Happy Valley, and the school (1885) had that name for two years before 'Mollongghip' was adopted. The meaning of the name is uncertain. [1]

Environment

Economy

Demography

Culture

Sport

Industry

Mollongghip is a mixed farming district, and potatoes are grown under spray irrigation. [2]

Tourism

Transport

Architecture

Education

Happy Valley School

The Wesleyan Church opened this non-vested school on 1st June 1869 between Macklin's farmhouse and the head of the creek. A schoolhouse was built to accommodate 50 pupils, with a gallery, two roomy porches, hardwood walls and an unlined shingle room. In the corner of the grounds, the authorities erected a teachers residence, adding two more rooms and a wash-house at a later date. Charles M Yelland was appointed as the first Head Teacher. [3]

In 1870, there were about 40 children attending the school in 1870 but the school closed in 1885. The Wesleyan chapel fell in disrepair and the school was relocated to another site, the church and the residences have since disappeared. [4]


Mollongghip School

The Mollongghip school was opened in 1885, SS 2715, the school was formerly know as Happy Valley school 987. [5]

A new 30ftx18ft wooden schoolroom with four attached residential rooms (estimated cost 470 pounds) was finished in 1885. David Jones was head teacher in from 1885 to 18898. In 1887, school name was changed from Happy Valley to Mollongghip. [6]

The new enrolments in 1889 were 91, so there was a need for more room. The room was increased by length 15ft to 45ftx18ft, a well was sunk in 1893. Electricity was installed in 1950 and a septic tank in 1960. One classroom to replace the old building was erected and first occupied on the 19th October 1964. [7]

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See also

Mining Companies

Centenary Mine

Notes

  1. Victorian Places, 2015 http://www.victorianplaces.com.au/mollongghip
  2. Victorian Places, 2015 http://www.victorianplaces.com.au/mollongghip
  3. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973
  4. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973
  5. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973
  6. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973
  7. Education Department of Victoria. Vision and Realisation: A centenary of realisation. Melbourne: Education Department of Victoria. 1973


References


Further reading

Lester Tropman and Associates et al, Creswick Shire heritage study, Creswick Shire, 1990

External links


--Beth Kicinski 12:39, 13 November 2016 (AEDT)

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