Garuwanga Gurad (stories that belong to Country)
About the program
During this excursion at Museum of Sydney, on the site of first Government House, students have a unique opportunity to explore links between Indigenous and European histories, cultures and perspectives in the expanding Sydney colony of the 1800s. Students will explore the themes of resilience, survival and resistance in the colony as they apply to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
They will learn about individuals and key events. They will engage with the museum exhibits, handle objects, analyse primary sources, learn local Indigenous language and listen to an Indigenous story as they explore the connections between Indigenous cultural lore and law. They will learn an Indigenous stringing technique and gain understanding of continuity and change.
What students think the best thing about the program is…
"... learning about the different types of plants and resources Aboriginal people use in the Sydney region."
"... learning different local Aboriginal words."
"... listening to the story ‘under the stars’."
"... learning about Cora Gooseberry."
"... exploring the perspectives and opinions of Aboriginal and English people."
Stage 3 History Syllabus - The Australian Colony
HT3-1 describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
HT3-2 describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
HT3-5 applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication
Stage 3 English Syllabus
EN3-3A Uses an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies
EN3-8D identifies and considers how different viewpoints of their world, including aspects of culture, are represented in texts
National Curriculum Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages
Using language for communicative purposes in interpreting, creating and exchanging meaning:
- Language awareness
- Role of language and culture
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- Critical and creative thinking
- Intercultural understanding
Up to 20 Students: $200
Up to 40 Students: $385
Up to 60 Students: $575
Up to 80 Students: $760
Up to 100 Students: $905
Up to 120 Students: $1,055
Up to 140 Students: $1,130
Up to 160 Students: $1,230
You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit. We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements. You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking. Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW). Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program. Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking. Cancellations must be made in writing.
- Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
- Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
- Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
- Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
- Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
- Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
- Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.
The Warrane Street Walk
The Warrane Street Walk is a companion resource to the Garuwanga Gurad program.
Available as downloadable PDF files in teacher and student versions, it links several significant 19th century Aboriginal history sites around Circular Quay, also known as Warrane by Sydney Aboriginal people.
The first page of the teacher version provides a map indicating five key sites, A4 images, brief background information and discussion questions.
The student version is a double-sided sheet and includes limited information and discussion questions. The questions are linked to the themes of the Garuwanga Gurad program.
Museum of SydneyCorner Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9251 5988
- Wheelchair accessible
See page for cost scale details
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
Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12
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