PLEASE NOTE: Newstead House is currently closed. Re-opening Fridays and Sundays from 2 August 2024.

Colonial Brisbane

Year 5

Colonial Brisbane is a day Education Program delivered by the team at Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre, our partners in education. Through immersion in museum theatre and hands-on learning experiences, students experience life in the 1800s to gain an understanding of the role significant individuals and groups played in shaping a colony.

A suite of education experiences and activities are designed to inspire students to compare daily life in Brisbane in the 1840’s to daily life in Brisbane today.  Students, invited to be History Detectives, participate in activities including ‘Kate’s Garden’, ‘Wash Day Wonders’, ‘Mrs Fletchers Kitchen’ and ‘Games on the Green’ to experience life from the past. Students investigate Newstead House and formulate questions to discover what life was like for different social groups in Colonial Australia.

Specialised Theatre-in-Education actors set the scene, bring history alive and foster an emotional attachment to the place. As a result, students are motivated to continue to engage with Brisbane’s history and understand the importance of protecting heritage sites.

Curriculum Intent

Humanities and Social Sciences
Inquiry and Skills

Questioning

Researching
Analysing
Knowledge and Understanding
History
Geography
General Capabilities
Critical and creative thinking
Literacy
Cross-curriculum Priorities
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
Sustainability
C2C

HASS Unit 3 ‘Communities in colonial Australia (1800’s)’

Further resources for teachers can be found at
Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre.
  Ready to book your school  CONNECT with HERITAGE please go to MBEEC online booking form.

COLONIAL BRISBANE at Newstead House