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."

Key information

Location

Museum of Sydney
Corner Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney NSW 2000
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211

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

Duration
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