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Secondary Schools

We are able to provide free tours of historic Urrbrae House for groups of SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (subject to availability) during school terms on:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday

Please allow at least 75-90 minutes for your visit to Urrbrae House.

Aspects that can be covered in the tours include:

  • The life of the Waite family from the 1860s through to 1922.
  • The physical and cultural heritage of the house.
  • South Australian social history in the late Victorian/early Edwardian eras.

Tours may be of particular interest for those undertaking subjects such as Humanities and Social Sciences, History, Creative Writing, and Art and Design. Please feel free to contact us about tailoring a tour to accommodate the interests of your group.

Tours may, on request, also incorporate the nearby Coach House (the original stables area of the Urrbrae estate) where students can see a recreation of a 1920s scientific laboratory from the Waite Agricultural Research Institute.

Groups of up to 40 students may be taken through the house at one time. All guides have national police certification (police checks).

Please contact Lynette Zeitz for more information Ph: 8313 7425 or email: Lynette Zeitz.

Additional Information and Resources

For more information on the Victorian era, activities or worksheets, please visit the below links. Please note, these links are aimed at Primary School students, however may still be useful to secondary students.


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