Mrs Sargood goes to school

Make history happen in your own classroom and find out what school was like for Melbourne students during the 1880s.

Ring Ring Goes The Bell!

Students will encounter a real person from the past in their classroom and can compare the past with the present.

Mrs Marian “Australia” Sargood was a real character from the late 19th Century and lived at Rippon Lea mansion in Elsternwick.

She was a mother of ten children and managed a household of thirty five servants. She was the wife of Sir Frederick Sargood, Minister for Defence in the Colony of Victoria.

This program is ideal for for primary teachers wanting a special ‘olden day’ classroom experience or a Then & Now comparative history program for lower to middle primary.


Mrs Sargood introduces key curriculum requirements for history and geography in Yrs 1 – 3.

Activities include:

  • copper plate pen and ink writing
  • discussing life within a 19th century home
  • discussing childhood in the 19th century and the expectation of children
  • 19th century approaches to education, manners and punishment

If you cannot visit Rippon Lea this is an ideal option. If you can then this is a great post Rippon Lea excursion activity.


Mrs Sargood can visit your school and deliver up to 3 sessions per day in metropolitan Melbourne and suburbs depending on travel time.

Click on the Bookings link below to make an enquiry.


Mrs Sargood Incursion

Year Levels:P to Yr 6 (Highly Recommended for Yrs 2-4)
Duration:45 - 50 min sessions per class
Numbers:30 students maximum per class (maximum of 3 classes per day)
Location:Mrs Sargood can travel to Melbourne suburbs only
Resources:Activity sheet
Cost:$12 per student.
$50 additional fee for schools outside 30km radius of Melbourne CBD
BookingsOnline Booking Form or email or phone: 9656 9817

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