The scene of a notorious central Victorian kidnapping once labelled the “crime of the century” has come up for sale.
The Faraday schoolhouse, 115 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, was the location of the 1972 Faraday School kidnapping — one of Australia’s most infamous mass abductions. A young teacher and her six students were taken hostage at the school by masked gunmen, who demanded a $1 million ransom from the government for their safe return. The old school house is now on sale after being used as a private residence for the last 12 years.
The Faraday School is one of only two schools constructed from granite in Victoria.
Built in 1869, the historic building served as a single-room schoolhouse for the small farming community of Faraday for just over 100 years, before it was closed following the kidnapping.
I was only a school boy at the time but still recall the drama of the event and the successful and safe resolution to it. Ironically we still have one teacher schools ( like my school!) in existence but no drama like the Faraday kidnapping since then.