School Programs

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The School Program provides hands on experience of past and present life in Australia. Through an enquiry approach children explore a range of sources used by our pioneers. Group activities include:

  • Working in a pioneer kitchen which includes butter making, cooking on a fuel stove, food preservation methods, sewing on a treadle machine etc
  • Laundry methods – washing, starching, soap making, scrubbing boards, water carrying, ironing and mangling
  • Grading and packing fruit, chicken farming and egg packing.
  • Using hand operated agricultural tools
  • Coal mining practices
  • Indigenous art activities
  • Lesson in a bush school

School Group Details

No Students: minimum 12; maximum 60

Duration of Visit: 10:00am – 1:00pm (3 hours approximately)

Cost per student: $6.00 (no GST, accompanying adults free)

Bookings available: Thursdays in school term (see available dates below)

Children are divided into 6 groups and rotate through 6 varied activities, an adult with each group is desired

We recommend that the students eat morning tea on arrival. They are usually hungry and the sessions can then be run uninterrupted.

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2018 Dates Available for School Group Bookings

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Water Carrying

Washing scrub


Washing Tub

Washing mangler









Play Quizling – Then and Now
A look at some aspects of daily life in Colonial Australia.
Ideal to use in preparing students for a visit to Wollondilly Heritage Centre.