Common School Museum

44 Murray Street, Rutherglen, Victoria, 3685MAP

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The Rutherglen Historical Society is based in the Common School Museum.  Built in 1872, it was Rutherglen’s original school.

The Common School Museum currently houses a fascinating collection of historical artifacts from Rutherglen and surrounds. Farming implements, wine paraphernalia, mining equipment, early photographs and a perfectly re-created period schoolroom are just a few of the highlights.

The Museum is open:-

  • Friday 11am to 3pm
  • Saturday 1pm to 4pm
  • Sunday 1pm to 4pm
  • Monday 1pm to 4pm

With groups catered for at any time by appointment.

History of the Common School.
The site was gazetted in May of 1862. In 1868 the committee tried to purchase the recently closed school building off Margaret Johnston, situated on one acre. The Common School Committee tried to buy the building from her in 1868 for £50, which it was valued at, she wanted £85 for it.

The School started in the Town Hall, rented for 7/6d a week. The building was 65 x 30 feet. Tenders were called in 1872 for the erection of two rooms, one being 44 x 18 feet and the other 18 x 15 feet. This building was opened at the start of 1873, with 84 children, but rose to between 275 and 300. In 1879 two additional rooms, each 50 x 18 feet were added. By 1897 there were 400 children attending, and the Town Hall was again hired. The present building was completed on 15th December 1908 at a cost of £6,320, and opened on the 3rd February 1909.