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Frenchville QLD


Postcode: 4701

Frenchville is a suburban area of Rockhampton in Queensland, Australia. Situated at the base of the Berserker Ranges about seven kilometres to the north of the Fitzroy River, the district was named for Anthelme Thozet, first director of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens in the 1860s. Frenchman’s Creek which runs through the area was also named for Thozet.

The area was completely rural in character until the late 1960s, with small holdings and dairy farms predominating. A State primary school was established in 1900. In the late 1960s suburban development rapidly took place and the small school rapidly grew to an enrolment of well over 1,000 in the late 1970s.

Frenchville School began as Frenchman’s Creek Provisional School on 22 November 1900. The original building consisted of one main room with front and back verandahs. Average enrolment for 1900 was 22 pupils. In 1909 the school was upgraded to State School status.

On the 07 January 1925 the Department changed the name of the school to Frenchville State School. 1977 saw 991 student enrolments with 32 permanent classrooms, three temporary classrooms under buildings plus office, library, health room, special needs room, music room, two activities areas and three storerooms.