Education Programs


Our programs let your students combine a variety of hands on experiences in an authentic historical setting using the exciting collections at our living museum. Linking the past to the present our programs help students immerse themselves in the living history of Newstead House making learning and appreciating history all that more exciting!



We have partnered with Moreton Bay Environment and Education Centre to deliver the CONNECT with Heritage program . Moreton Bay EEC have an outstanding record in delivering innovative education programs (all linked to the Australian Curriculum) and we know that through this partnership you, our valued teachers and students, will receive the highest level of pre visit care and program delivery on the day.

Moreton Bay EEC will be managing all bookings and you can go to their website further information –

Connect with Heritage:

Information on their website includes:

The Connect with Heritage Program is a suite of activities and experiences designed for Prep to Year Two students, linked to the Australian History Curriculum. The full day program assists students to explore the following key inquiry questions:

Kids on Grass

  • What is my history and how do I know?
  • What stories do other people tell about the past?
  • How can stories of the past be told and shared?
  • How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  • How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?
  • How do we describe the sequence of time?
  • What aspects of the past can you see today?
  • What do they tell us?
  • What remains of the past are important to the local community and why?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily lives?

The Connect with Heritage Program consists of a series of activities that let children experience the similarities and differences between homes today and homes in the past. Features of buildings, household objects, household tasks, historical reenactment and stories about home life are used to enable children to distinguish old from new, and to learn about life in Brisbane in the 1800s.


Children will be moving through the house in small groups, playing on the verandah and handling the collections at our qld museum.

The Connect with Heritage Program was developed for Newstead House by the Queensland State Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

The Activities

All great journeys begin with a map – An orientation activity that introduces students to the concept of the past by comparing the modern landscape at Newstead Park with the historical landscape of the 1850s

Mrs Fletcher’s kitchen – An interactive experience where students meet Mrs Fletcher, a Victorian Era Cook working at Newstead House. Students help Mrs Fletcher in the historic kitchen at Newstead House, play games comparing and contrasting kitchen utensils, handle historic objects from the collection, and examine the way they function and question their use.

Kate’s garden – An interactive, sensory experience where students work in Kate’s Garden examining the important role gardens played in the life of people who lived at Newstead House in the 1850s. Children learn about culinary and medicinal use of herbs, discuss changing subsistence patterns (farm v’s supermarket) and sustainable ways of living. Children plant heirloom seedlings and make potpourri bags to take home.

Washday Wonders – Children will describe how clothes are washed in their own homes and compare this to washday in the past. Children will be able to answer questions about household objects used a long time ago and use clues to infer the use of an object. Children will experience washing clothes using technologies and methods from the 1800s.

Verandah Games Games on the green – A fun and relaxing way to end the visit at Newstead House, children are invited to play with a range of heritage children’s games including croquet, hoops, cap and stick, ball and cup, and bowls.

What teachers are saying?   The great aspect of attending Newstead House was the information hidden in the expertise of the people.  Stories you are told because of a deep knowledge and care for the local history and indigenous people. Thanks Mrs Fletcher for keeping all our ‘servants’ in line and to Mitch for sharing how Breakfast Creek got its name.  I was impressed with how well the information linked with the National Curriculum, as well as how well informed the guides were.  Thank you for an informative and vigorous day.  A wonderful way to enjoy history. Kelli Auchter-Glowrey Hamilton State School

We are thrilled to have  partnered with  Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre  to deliver the CONNECT education programs.  The Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre (EEC) is one of twenty five centres operated by the Department of Education and Training.  Moreton Bay EEC designs, promotes and delivers highly effective programs for schools P-12, international students, universities and the community. Promoting programs that are conducted at significant sites on and around Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) form the essence of the Moreton Bay EEC student learning experiences. All programs are linked to the Australian Curriculum and Education Queensland’s Curriculum into the Classroom, ensuring students  are able to connect to this unique environment and work with authentic partners resulting in enhanced student learning in science, history and geography.

All bookings should be made directly with the Education Queensland Centre.

Telephone (07) 3906 9111

Facsimile: (07) 3906 9100



Our tour guides will walk your students through Newstead House to discover life in the Victorian era, making connections, building an understanding and developing an appreciation of this iconic historic house built in 1846 – Brisbane’s oldest remaining residence. Our guides will tailor the dialogue to suit the year level and introduce appropriate concepts of life now and then in their discussions with students.

Tour duration: 45 – 60 minutes