Heritage at your Touch

Take your students on a virtual tour at a real colonial house and meet the people who lived there and examine their things!

Meet George at McCrae Homestead 

Meet Nellie at La Trobe’s Cottage

Heritage At Your Touch invites students to use their web browser to explore in the classroom two early colonial sites, McCrae homestead  in 1845 and Governor La Trobe’s Cottage in 1843. Teachers are encourged to contact us about actually visiting the real sites as an extension of the virtual experience with a program delivered onsite.

This program is suitable for students studying the Australian History curriculum in Years 3-6.

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Teacher and Student Resource Kits

Download these kits for use in your classroom.

Download the McCrae Homestead Teachers kit

Download the La Trobes Cottage Student Resource Kit

Heritage at Your Touch has been produced with composite classes in mind.

The program offers:

  • a game environment using real spaces, video characters and artefacts
  • over 150 PDF files containing information and images and questions about the families and their things
  • meet  6 real characters like Governor La Trobe and George Gordon McCrae
  • a full education kit with inquiry questions

It was developed with the support of the Telematics Trust in partnership with the History Teachers Association of Australia (Victoria).

Students can work individually or in groups, but we encourage teachers to complete aspects of there source as a whole class activity. This provides opportunity for students to pool their knowledge of the past and engage in deep, deductive thinking.

Curriculum
The Heritage at Your Touch Project (La Trobe’s Cottage) is specifically designed for level 5 students as it draws on a range of rich primary sources relating to the growth of the Victorian colonies during the nineteenth century. It can also be used by students in level 4 to support their understanding of the early contact between Europeans and Indigenous people.

It is equally well suited to helping students in level 6 research the movements, events and ideas that led to the Federation of Australia in 1901.

McCrae Homestead - Planning your visit

Address:

11 Beverley Road
McCrae 3938 VIC

Open:

Sundays 11am-4pm (last homestead admission 3:30pm). Saturdays 11am-4pm from 25 March to 22 April 2017.
Also available for group bookings.

Phone:
(03) 5981 2866 or call Bookings Office on 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri
Entry Fees:

National Trust members: Free
Adults: $10
Concession: $7
Child: $4
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): $26

La Trobe's Cottage - Planning your visit

Address:

Corner of Birdwood Avenue & Dallas Brooks Drive, The Domain
Melbourne 3004 VIC

Open:

Open between October and April on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. Open Australia day 1pm to 4pm.
Group tours available at La Trobe’s Cottage & Government House Monday and Thursday.

Closed:

Christmas Day, New Year's Day and other public holidays.

Phone:
Bookings Office on 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri
Entry Fees:

Adults: $5,
Children and Concession: $3
Family $10.
La Trobe's Cottage & Government House Tours:
Combined tours of Government House and La Trobe’s Cottage are available for groups of 10 or more only. Individuals are unable to join another group’s tour.

What we offer:

Made with the Support of the Telematics Trust and the History Teachers Association of Victoria

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