Expanding the colony

About the program

Students explore the former farm and examine a range of sources to learn about the expansion of NSW in the 19th century and investigate its impacts on the environment, the people of the Boorooberongal clan and the colonisers. They examine displays and artefacts to investigate Indigenous land management, and farm structures and technologies as evidence of European farming practices and the challenges of irrigation.

A walk through the ground floor of the house offers a glimpse into the privileged world of the Rouse family. Working in small groups, students discuss documents, objects and images relating to local people who helped shape the colony, including free settler Richard Rouse and convict servant Margaret Catchpole.

Key information


Rouse Hill Estate
356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill NSW 2155
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211

Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students

90 minutes

Session offered
Monday to Friday

Maximum students
60 per session

Supervision ratios
The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge

Additional visitor costs
Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12

Complementary program

View of Rouse Hill House & Farm

A colonial eye

Students investigate the role of artists during the early colonial period and consider how they contributed to the development of the colony