Learn about past lives at Como

Como House is an important Melbourne icon and a wonderful introduction to the past lives of a Melbourne family in the 1890s.

We offer a full day program with professional facilitators who will run a variety of activities for Preparatory to Yr 6 for groups of between 30 and 60 students.

This is an ideal program for Then and Now activities and covers curriculum requirtements in History and Geography for those year levels.

Como House is a beautiful nineteenth century mansion and garden with a remarkable family history.

The program explores the story of the wealthy pastoralist Armytage family who lived at Como from the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries.

Our costumed servants will introduce students to the complex social world of a family the 19th Century.

  • introduction to past Melbourne
  • 19th Century dance
  • tour of the mansion and an explanantion of the family who lived here
  • servants work in the laundry
  • tour of the kitchen
  • special servant games include The Witers Rqace and Which Bell is that?
  • mystery object game
  • games and sports from the past

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Como Primary Programs

Australian Curriculum Links: This program is ideal for primary teachers wanting students to compare the past with the present in various themes and for "Then & Now" programs.

Year Levels:P to Yr 6 (highly recommended for Yrs1 - 4)
Duration:4 hours + (10am arrival to 2.30pm depart)
Numbers:30 to 55 students (1:6 teacher/carer to student ratio)
Location:Cnr Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra. Bus parking available off Williams Rd
Como Teacher Kit & Activities
$10.80 per student. Teachers, carers free
Bookings:Online Booking Form or email: bookings@nattrust.com.au. or phone: 9656 9817

Como Primary Program Activities Include

Mansion Investigation

Investigate the mansion. Learn about life in colonial Melbourne through the Armytage family, the toys and artifacts children owned and the clothes they wore.

World of Work

Exploring the original kitchen and laundry, students are introduced to the life of a servant at Como. They undertake some of the simpler tasks from washing and ironing to taking challenging tests like tray service or 'which room rang?'

Mystery Trail

An outdoor self led trail activity.
Students search for clues to solve who broke Laura's doll at her birthday party. This game of deduction lets students explore the grounds whilst challenging their abilities at logic, problem solving and reading comprehension.

19th Century Games

An outdoor self led activity.
Students try their hand at croquet, quoits, skittles and other games on the lawn.

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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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