Stage 1

Child placing skittles on a flat surface on lawn in garden setting.

Child's play

Students learn about what it was like to live at Vaucluse House for the wealthy family of William Charles and Sarah Wentworth, with their ten children and many servants

Eat Your History publication photography at Vaucluse House
Virtual Excursion

Cooking up the past

Discuss how food was grown, stored and cooked in the past, in the 1820s kitchen at historic Vaucluse House

Outside view of the Main House at Rouse Hill House and Farm. Group of chickens in the garden

Early to rise

This Stage 1 History program gives students the opportunity to explore the working areas of the former farm, and investigate what life would have been like for children living there 120 years ago

Virtual Excursion

Growing up in the past

Discuss what life was like for rural children in the early 1900s and learn about household chores and technology from the past

Children and adults dressed in period costume holding ribbons attached to pole.

Lessons from the past

Integrating outcomes from History, PDHPE and Creative Arts, this program gives students the opportunity to learn first hand about what school life was like in the late 19th century


Life in the past...stinks!

We can’t go back in time, we can still visit the places where people once lived and worked - and do some of their jobs

Accessible school excursion at Hyde Park Barracks, May 2022

Making connections accessible program

Onsite program at Hyde Park Barracks for primary and secondary school students with access requirements

Students dressed up in stone courtyard with washing buckets and laundry.

Now and then

As students are guided through the property, they discover that the household lived without the benefits of running water, bathrooms, electricity, appliances or paved roads

Water pump at the back of the house, Meroogal

Then and now: playing with the past

Students investigate how home life has been changed by the domestic and leisure technologies introduced since the late 19th century as they explore Meroogal, built in 1886