Como House Education Programs

Como House is an important Melbourne icon and a wonderful introduction to the lives of people from the past.

Built in 1847, Como House and Garden is an intriguing mix of Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture.

Como offers a glimpse into the privileged lifestyle of former owners, the Armytage family, who lived there for nearly a century.

The Armytages became famous amongst Melbourne high society and equally famous for their many elegant dances, dinners and receptions. Those elegant dining and reception rooms are still furnished with Armytage family heirlooms and even the servant’s areas, kitchen and laundry have been preserved.

Our costumed servants will introduce students to the complex social world of a well-to-do family and their servants in the 19th Century.

Como Primary Education Program

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Education team offers a full day program with professional facilitators who run a variety of activities suitable for students from Foundation to Level 6 in groups of between 30 and 60 students. Students will engage in four activities: a tour of the mansion focusing on “then and now” comparisons; a teacher-led mystery trail of the gardens; servant’s work in the laundry; and teacher-led 19th century games on the lawn. The program focuses on the central inquiry question:

What differences and similarities can be observed between the past and today at Como House?

This program is perfect for Foundation to Level 2 teachers wanting students to compare the past with the present with various thematic touchpoints such as the life of children, games, technologies, fashions, and entertainment. This is an ideal program for “Then and Now” studies and covers curriculum requirements in History, Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Capabilities.

Curriculum links for Foundation to Level 2
SubjectStrandSub-StrandOutcomesAt Como House students will...
HistoryHistorical Concepts and SkillsHistorical Sources as EvidenceIdentify the content features of primary sources when describing the significance of people, places or events (VCHHC054)Be introduced to many primary artefacts that align strongly with local history of both the upper class and domestic servants.
Identify perspectives about changes to daily life from people in the past or present (VCHHC055)Explore Como House and pinpoint similarities and differences between it and their own homes and experience the life of people of different walks of life from the past through servants’ activities and historic children’s games.
Historical KnowledgePersonal HistoriesHow the present, past and future are signified by terms indicating and describing time (VCHHK060)Be introduced to the concept of time, and how the past and the present are linked.
Community HistoriesThe effect of changing technology on people’s lives and their perspectives on the significance of that change (VCHHK065)Explore the differences in historic household technologies through visual examples presented at Como House, and experience the work of servants in the past, and how household chores have changed over time.
Personal and Social CapabilitySocial Awareness and ManagementCollaborationName and practise basic skills required to work collaboratively with peers (VCPSCSO006)Work together collaboratively to complete servants tasks and participate in several old fashioned games.
Critical and Creative ThinkingReasoningCompare and contrast information and ideas in own and others reasoning (VCCCTR005)Discuss the similarities and differences between life in the 1800s and today for different types of people.

Further Program Details

Year Levels:Foundation to Level 6 (highly recommended for Foundation to Level 2)
Duration:4-hour program from 10am - 2pm
Numbers:30 to 60 students (1:10 teacher/carer to student ratio)
Location:Cnr Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra. Bus parking available off Williams Rd
Social Script for teachers and parents of students on the autism spectrum

Teachers will receive a detailed resource pack that includes suggested pre- and post-visit activities upon booking.
Cost:$15.00 per student. Teachers, carers free
Safety:Click here to access the Como Education Task Risk Assessment document.
Bookings:Online Booking Form or email: or phone: (03) 9656 9889

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Como House Education Programs


Williams Rd &, Lechlade Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141

03 9656 9889
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"On Friday we went to Como House. We did four things. The first one was going into the house. We went into the ballroom and did a dance that they did in the olden days. The dance was fun. The people who built Como House had ten kids and every kid had their own bedroom. Como House was so big too. One of the things we did was playing olden days games like 'Oranges and Lemons'. I had so much fun."

Hugo, Year 2

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