McCrae Cross-Cultural Education Experience

Students experience two perspectives of how life would have been at McCrae Homestead through European and Indigenous cultural heritage interpretation.

An Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitator will deliver a tailored program representing Indigenous cultural heritage through activities delivered alongside traditional European activities. This program has been created in partnership with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation.

The Indigenous component of the program involves learning about the culture and heritage of the Bunurong people at the time when the McCrae homestead was built on Bunurong Country.  Activities as part of the Bunurong component of the program include:

  •  Tracking animal footprints and identifying the animal that made those tracks.
  •  Gathering native food types practicing Bundjil’s lore.
  •  Learning about the importance of ceremony and storytelling.
  •  Experiencing traditional dance to share at a Corroboree.

The European component of the program demonstrates what daily life was like at the McCrae Homestead on the property which was known as Arthur’s Seat Run at the time. Activities as part of the European component of the program include:

  •  A house tour of the 1844 McCrae homestead.
  • Domestic duties such as butter churning and laundering by hand with washboards
  • Old fashioned games, such as, egg and spoon races, sack races, quoits and skipping.
  • Historical links to original diary entries and art work by the McCrae family that highlight the interaction that the family had with the  Bunurong people during 1844 to 1851.


Program Overview

Year LevelsP to Yr 6 (Highly Recommended for Yrs 2-4)
Available:Mondays and Tuesdays in 2021
Duration:4 hours (10.00am arrival to 2.00pm departure)
30 to 60 students (1:15 Teacher/carer to student ratio)
Location:11 Beverley Rd, McCrae, VIC
Resources:Heritage at your Touch Virtual 3D experience
Cost$12.00 per student. Teachers, carers free
Health & SafetyA detailed McCrae Education activities Task Risk Assessment can be accessed here
Bookings:Online Booking Form is below or email or phone: 9656 9889.

The house was really cool. It was full of old stuff and I learnt how they washed and cooked. We learnt that the Bunurung people call the crow, Waa. It was interesting.

Justin, Grade 2, Rosebud Primary

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