Tales of a Colonial Settlement

Years 5-6 HSIE

This includes and builds on the story of James and Mary and their home to set them in the context of the developing Berrima Village between 1830 and 1860.

Students can

  • USE the contents of the house and its garden to build up a picture of a village lifestyle in the 1830s and 1840s.
  • COMPARE the living conditions of a colonial family in the 1830s with their own.
  • DISCOVER how houses were built and what materials were required.
  • DEVELOP a map of an historic village to compare past and present streetscapes and usage.
  • LEARN how settlement spread south from Sydney and the roles of convicts, settlers and merchants.

Booking Information

Number of Students – 45 max
Duration – 90 minutes
Cost – $5 per student
Bookings – (02) 4877 1508

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9 Wilkinson Street
Berrima 2577 NSW


Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays 10.30am to 4.00pm


16 December 2019 – 17 January 2020
Good Friday

Phone: General Enquiries Tel: 4877 2071 Bookings Tel 0421 924 333
Entry Fees:

House, Maze and Garden
Adult - $10
Family (2 adults + 2 children) - $25
Seniors/Concession Holders - $8
National Trust Members and Children under 15 - free
Grounds only - children free
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