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 classroom experience or for Then & Now comparative history program for lower primary.


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

  • comparison of family & social life in the 19th Century through images of her children and home
  • viewpoint of a character from the past
  • 19th C viewpoint
  • comparison of social behaviour through past approach to schooling

Activities include:

  • copper plate pen and ink writing,
  • thinking about images of 19th C homes,
  • thinking about images of children
  • 19th C 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 to 4 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:Online resources (+ package with History in a Box kit)
Cost: $300 per session + $80 per additional session
BookingsOnline Booking Form or email or phone: 8663 7261

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