Slates & Chamberpots – 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 and the daily lives of the masters and servants who lived and worked at Old Government House at this time.

Stage 1 only

Students will participate in a school lesson where they can experience and compare the difference of school in 1815 to their own school.  During the house tour, students are encouraged to make comparisons between the similarities and differences of Old Government House and their own home. The tour is hands on and interactive, including colonial games.

THEME Present and Past Family Life


  • COMPARE their own experiences of school and home with those of people living in early colonial Australia.


  • HT1-1
  • HT1-2
  • HT1-3
  • HT1-4

Booking Information

Number of Students – 45 max
Teachers 1 per 10 students FOC (Max 4) extra adults are charged at 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 for two programs.

Please note the Stage 2 & 3 version of this program is Ship to Shore

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Plan your visit

Slates & Chamberpots – Old Government House, Parramatta


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance, Parramatta NSW 2150


Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Last entry 3:30pm
Australia Day
Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday


Saturday 23 December 2023 to Wednesday 10 January 2024
Public holidays: Good Friday, Anzac Day, King’s Birthday, Labour Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

(02) 9635 8149
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