Ship to Shore – Old Government House, Parramatta

This program aims to provide students with an insight into the school lives of primary-aged children in the early 1800s, the exploration of Australia and the lives of the early colonists.

Stage 2 & 3

Students will participate in a school lesson role play where they learn the school rules, etiquette, maths, spelling and currency of the time. During the house tour, students learn about exploration and its effect on the lives of the first Australians.


  • Stage 2 – First Contacts
  • Stage 3 – The Australian Colonies


  • EXPERIENCE an 1815 classroom in an interactive lesson
  • EXAMINE European exploration and colonisation in Australian and its impact on the first Australians
  • DEVELOP an understanding and empathy for different social groups in the colony
  • EXPLORE the significant people involved in the development and expansion of the colony


  • Stage 2 – HT2-2, HT2-3, HT2-4, HT2-5
  • Stage 3 – HT3-1, HT3-2, HT3-3, HT3-4, HT3-5

Booking Information

Number of Students – 45 max
Teachers 1 per 10 students FOC (Max 4) extra adults are charged at the student rate

Duration – 90 minutes

Sessions – 10am – 11:30am & 12:30pm – 2pm

Cost – $10 per student

Bookings – (02) 9635 8149

Joint Bookings – with The Thief, The Farmer and The Surgeon at Experiment Farm Cottage, for a reduced cost of $18.00 for two programs.

Please note the Stage 1 version of this program is Slates and Chamberpots

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Old Government House

Ship to Shore – Old Government House, Parramatta


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW


Friday 7 April 2023
Tuesday 25 April 2023

(02) 9635 8149
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members – FREE
Adult - $15
*Concession/child - $12
Family - $42
Children under 5 years – FREE
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.)
Booking fees apply.

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