Education Programs


Our programs let your students combine a variety of hands on experiences in an authentic historical setting. By linking the past to the present our programs help students immerse themselves in the living history of Newstead House making learning  history all that more engaging!

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.   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.



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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 GamesGames 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.

All bookings should be made directly with MBEEC.

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