Being a child in the 19th century

In this fun education program students explore the past focusing on school life and daily life of colonial Australia before schooling became compulsory in South Australia.

What did children learn at school? What technology was used?

The program will:

  • connect the past to the present through developing an understanding of school life in the nineteenth century
  • explore the use of slate and slate pencils
  • explore the history of this site
  • consider the effects of colonization for Indigenous Australians
  • consider how laws affected the lives of people, past and present.

Suitable for years R-2/3


90 minute program
Cost $12.50/equity $9.50 per student.
Ratio of 1 supervisor to 6 students minimum required.
Bookings are essential, please submit a booking request form via the website.

The History Trust of South Australia’s Migration Museum is committed to keeping our visitors, our people and our volunteers safe.

We will continue to monitor, evaluate and adapt our education programs to fit government COVIDSafe guidelines and align with Department for Education recommendations. Please continue to contact us with education inquiries and keep in touch for updates.

Image: William A Cawthorne, Native girls going to Trinity Church, Adelaide 1846, Courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales, FL3210708