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Peak Hill Central School
Peak Hill Central School
132–146 Caswell Street Peak Hill, New South Wales

Coordinates32°43′42″S 148°11′32″E / 32.72823°S 148.1923°E / -32.72823; 148.1923
School typeKindergarten and Primary school and Secondary School
MottoSuccess Through Effort
  • 1890; 134 years ago (1890) (Peak Hill Public School)
  • 1965; 59 years ago (1965) (Peak Hill Central School)
Educational authorityNSW Department of Education
PrincipalPaula Payne
Enrolmentc. 145
WebsiteOfficial Website

Peak Hill Central School (abbreviated as PHCS) is a public school located in Peak Hill in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The School has enrolled approximately 145[1] students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and the school is operated by the NSW Department of Education


Established on 17 February 1890, the school initially operated in a temporary facility, an old store situated on Caswell Street. With an initial enrollment of 42 students on its opening day, the school saw rapid growth throughout the year, reaching approximately 250 students by the year's end.[citation needed]

In 1890, the school acquired a land area of one and a quarter acres through a government grant. On this site, a building constructed of cypress pine was erected to accommodate the growing student population. Unfortunately, detailed information about this building is scarce. However, available annual reports indicate that a total of £1138 was invested in constructing the building and a teacher's residence during the first two years of the school's establishment. As attendance continued to rise, additional facilities had to be provided to meet the growing demands.[citation needed]

The inaugural headmaster of Peak Hill Public School was Mr. Albert G. Mitchell, who served from its opening until 1901. He was succeeded by Mr. James Ray, who held the position until 1905. Subsequently, Mr. Joseph Whiting took charge until 1912, after which Mr. Buttsworth assumed the role of headmaster.[citation needed]

In 1910, the original section of the school building, which had been erected in 1891, was demolished. It was replaced by a new brick building at an estimated cost of £900. Further expansion of the school site took place in 1914 to accommodate the growing needs of the school community.The current Peak Hill Central School building opened in 1965.[2]


The following individuals have served as School Headmasters or Principals[3]

Ordinal Officeholders Term start !
1 Albert Mitchell Feb 1890
2 James Ray Feb 1901
3 J Whitting Mar 1905
4 Herbert Buttsworth Jun 1912
5 William A Dransfield Sept 1915
6 J Stack Jan 1916
7 Thomas E Jones Jan 1918
8 S C Small Jan 1925
9 Arthur Cary Sept 1926
10 Edward Mooney May 1929
11 James Brown Jun 1930
12 Samuel Turner Aug 1930
13 Eric Morton Jul 1934
14 Reginald Jeffery Nov 1938
15 John J O'Connor Dec 1941
16 Robert McKevett Dec 1944
17 William Elder Feb 1948
18 Donald Craig Feb 1952
19 Albert E Rundle Feb 1955
20 Ronald Hetherington Feb 1960
21 Robert Nicholls May 1967
22 David Lewis Feb 1970
23 Malcolm Clune
24 Basil Browne Feb 1976
25 Iain D McPherson Feb 1986

See also


  1. ^ "Peak Hill Central School". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 24 May 2023.
  2. ^ Chappel, Charles B. (1989). A History of Peak Hill and DIstrict. Peak Hill Centenary Book Committee. ISBN 0731650220.
  3. ^ Chappel, Charles B. (1989). A History of Peak Hill and DIstrict. Peak Hill Centenary Book Committee. ISBN 0731650220.
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