A Currency Lad, from Convicts to Leading Citizens

Years 3-6 HSIE

Students will learn about the life of James and Mary Harper including how they built their house and how activities such as eating and drinking, keeping warm and entertaining yourself and others differed from today.

Students can

  • USE the contents of the Harper’s Mansion house and its garden to build up a picture of a village lifestyle in the 1830s and 1840s.
  • COMPARE the living conditions of a colonial family in the 1830s with their own.
  • DISCOVER how houses were built and what materials were required.
  • DEVELOP a map of an historic village to compare past and present streetscapes and usage.
  • LEARN how settlement spread south from Sydney and the roles of convicts, settlers and merchants.

Booking Information

Number of Students – 45 max
Duration – 90 minutes
Cost – $5 per student
Bookings – (02) 4877 1508

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A Currency Lad, from Convicts to Leading Citizens


9 Wilkinson Street
Berrima 2577 NSW

Phone: General Enquiries Tel: 4877 2071
For Weekday Group Tours (minimum 15 people) contact John at 0421 924 333.
Entry Fees:

Adult - $10
Family (2 adults +2 children) -$25
Concession holder/Children over 5 -$8
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years)
Children under 5 - Free

Please note: To ensure we can manage timed entry and safe physical distancing, we are asking visitors to pre-purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Booking fees will apply.

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