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."

Corner Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9251 5988

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9251 5988
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair accessible
Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students

See page for cost scale details

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

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Students sitting on the hillside, creating a watercolour painting of the view towards the Blue Mountains.

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


Bailed Up!

Students explore the impact of the gold rush on law and order in the colony of NSW, and of bushrangers on the Australian identity

Looking towards small cottage across paddocks.

Expanding the Colony

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

Two girls dressed in costume in large dormitory style room.

Home: Convicts, Migrants and First Peoples

What was it like to be a convict living at the Hyde Park Barracks?