School in the 1870’s

School is Not Quite the Same as it Used to Be


Hand and nails checked before entering classroom, the cane, correct posture and quiet work were all part of a normal school day in the 1870’s. Year 1 to 3 students were captivated as they listened to Mrs Wade from the National Trust as she gave the students an authentic experience of a 19th Century Australian school classroom.

Mrs Wade played the role of Mrs Marian Australia Sargood, a mother of eleven children, distinguished society matron and school teacher.

Students participated in an interactive learning environment where they were transported back to the 1870’s classroom through copper plate pen and ink writing and exploring 19th century approaches to education and manners.

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