Primary Schools

Due to coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions, our interactive history Schools’ Program set in 1892 is suspended until further notice.

To help teachers and families, we have placed a variety of educational activities and resources on our website that may assist students with the following areas of the Australian Curriculum in the Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • How my world is different from the past and can change in the future.  Then and now. (Year 1)
  • Australian communities – their past, present and possible futures.  The lives of people in Australia’s colonial past. (Year 5)

We hope the activities may also be enjoyed by families who are looking for indoor activities to occupy children at home.

Our history Schools’ Program, usually run on Wednesday mornings from March to November, is designed to enable primary school students in Years 4-6 to step back into the recreated world of colonial South Australia in 1892.

  • What was it like to be a lady or gentleman visiting the wealthy pastoralist Mr Peter Waite and his wife Matilda, the owners of the grand Urrbrae House built in 1891?
  • What sort of school lessons did Victorian children have?
  • What was it like to be a servant in South Australia in 1892?

Students are able to find out through the unique interactive history program held at Urrbrae House.  This is an excursion option for a group of up to 30 students with costumed guides [who have "Working with Children Check (WWCO)" screening] taking students through a range of nineteenth century activities in the house.

There is a charge of $88.00 including GST per class for the program.

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My favourite bit was the morning tea and writing with the ink pens. This was the best excursion I've been on.Master Solomon, Black Forest Primary School.


We played Croquet, had a tour around the house, ate delicious food and dressed up in very lady like clothes. as soon as I stepped into the house I knew I was going to enjoy it from the very start... I also wish I lived there!Miss Constance, Bellevue Heights Primary School.