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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Plan your visit

Tales of a Colonial Settlement


9 Wilkinson Street, Berrima NSW 2577


Saturday and Sunday
11am - 3pm


18 December - 13 January

0421 924 333
Entry Fees:

National Trust members – FREE
Adult - $15
Concession* - $12
Family - $42
Child (under 5 years) – FREE
* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.

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