The Thief, the Farmer and the Surgeon education program offers both primary source investigation and hands-on learning activities.
Stage 1, 2 & 3
Through this program, students gain insight into different lives in the early colony, the hardships and achievements of James Ruse, a poor farmer, and the comparative power and affluence of John Harris, a military surgeon.
The house of Surgeon Harris contains original colonial furniture and household objects. A guided tour explores early technologies and lifestyles revealed through the house’s contents, the roles of domestic staff and the activities of the surgeon.
Activities include seed-planting, early water-carrying techniques and costume-dressing.
- Stage 1 – Present and past family life
- Stage 2 – First Contacts
- Stage 3 – The Australian Colonies
- USE primary sources for historical investigation.
- RECOGNISE the effects of change and urbanisation to the environmental landscape.
- REFLECT on early food production and the work of a farmer through activity based learning.
- DEVELOP an understanding and empathy for people of the past.
- COMPARE the living conditions of an ex-convict with that of a wealthy military surgeon.
- LEARN about significant people in the development of a wealthy military surgeon.
- Stage 1 – HT1-2, HT1-3, HT1-4
- Stage 2 – HT1-2, HT2-4, HT2-5
- Stage 3 – HT3-1, HT3-2, HT3-3, HT3-5
Number of Students – 45 max
Teachers – 1 per 10 students FOC (Max 4) extra adults charged at student rate
Duration – 90 minutes
Sessions – 10am – 11:30am & 12:30pm – 2pm
Cost – $8 per student
Bookings – (02) 9635 5655
Joint Bookings – with Old Government House programs available for a reduced cost of $12.00 for two programs