Category - History

The Maldon Penny School

The Penny School situated on Church Street Maldon is one of our favourite buildings in town.

Maldon Penny School

The school was called the Penny School because that was the cost of attendance at the school.

The 1856 Penny School, built of stone, brick and weatherboard as the Church of England Denominational School No.413, overlooks Maldon in Church Street.

The Penny School was a school established by the Church of England in Victoria, Australia in the late 19th century. The school was located in the town of Maldon, Victoria, and was part of the system of denominational schools that were established in Victoria in the mid-19th century.

The Penny School provided education to children in the Maldon area, with a particular emphasis on teaching the principles and values of the Church of England. The curriculum included the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as religious instruction and other subjects.

The school was staffed by a headmaster and a small number of assistant teachers, who were responsible for the education and well-being of the students. The school was funded by the Church of England and by fees paid by the students who attended.

The Penny School continued to operate for several decades, providing education to generations of students in the Maldon area. In the early 20th century, the school was absorbed into the broader system of public education in Victoria, and its name was changed to the Maldon State School.

Today, the original Church of England Denominational School No. 413 building is no longer in use as a school, but it remains an important part of the history of education in Maldon and the surrounding area. The building is a well-preserved example of the kind of schoolhouses that were common in rural areas of Victoria in the late 19th century.

It was acquired by the National Trust in 1979. It was sold by The National Trust to a private buyer in 2014.

A View of Maldon from the Beehive Chimney

View of Maldon from the Beehive Chimney

View of Maldon from the Beehive Chimney – Photo: © Maldon Victoria

The Beehive Gold Mine ruins at Maldon incorporate the imposing Beehive Chimney which is visible from most parts of town and even from the top of Mount Tarrengower.

This picture is a view of Main Street Maldon from above the Beehive Chimney showing Maldon on a cool autumn day.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Maldon. Autumn 2019.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Maldon

Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Maldon – Photo: © Maldon Victoria

This photo is the Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Maldon on a nice sunny autumn Sunday morning.

Holy Trinity Church was designed in Early English gothic style by David Relph Drape and built from local schist with granite dressings. The nave was opened in 1861 and the building progressively enlarged until 1889

It consists of a nave, chancel, western porch, organ chamber and vestry. The interior is of particular note for the splendid east window dating from 1864, the work of accomplished artist John Lyon; other windows include the signed work of William Montgomery.

The first pipe organ in the church was installed in 1865 and is believed to be the Bevington organ now at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta. The present organ was built by Fincham & Hobday at a cost of £273 and was opened on 26 April 1893.

Rego Sign at Maldon

Rego – The Ruling Brand – Historic Sign at Maldon – Photo: © Maldon Victoria

An iconic part of Maldon.

The now restored Rego sign is advertising a brand which has now long passed. Until a couple of year ago the sign had faded despite at least one earlier restoration in the 1970s.

The sign is situated on the side of a former bakery that dates back to 1859 called the Scotch Pie House. It is located on the corner of Main Street and Templeton Street.

Stone Cottage at Maldon

Stone Cottage Maldon – Photo: © Maldon Victoria

This stone cottage at Maldon is a great example of goldfields architecture. A functional cottage which once was a commonplace style of building but now has a charm that embodies the heritage of Maldon.