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Primary Schools Program

The History Program for Primary Schools

Our Primary Schools Program, run on Wednesday mornings during school term, is designed to enable primary school students in years 4-6 to step back into the recreated world of 1892.

  • What was it like to be a servant in South Australia in 1892?
  • What sort of school lessons did Victorian children have?
  • 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?

Students are able to find out through our unique interactive history program held at Urrbrae House which today is an accredited museum and part of the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.

It is a great excursion option for a group of up to 30 students with costumed guides (who have DCSI screening) taking students through a range of nineteenth century activities in the House.

Please note there is a charge of $77.00 including GST per class for the program.

Information for Teachers

Prior to your visit please read the Teachers Information Sheet (IMPORTANT)

Information and class resources can be found on the Teachers Resource Page

Amanda Jackson
ph: 8313 7497 or email: Amanda Jackson




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.


Urrbrae House Historic Precinct

Amanda Jackson
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7497

Waite Arboretum

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Waite Conservation Reserve

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Postal Address

Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005