1788: two perspectives

Excursion Summary

Stage 2
2 hours

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Investigate the lives of both First Fleet convicts and Aboriginal people in 1788. Learn about the convicts’ journey to NSW, their everyday life including clothing, shelter, work and food and the impact their presence had on the lives of Aboriginal people.

In this 2 hour program students will:

  • analyse primary sources

  • examine Aboriginal cultural materials and learn how they were used

  • solve a history mystery

  • dress in costumes and conduct an interview with a convict

  • create a film of the interview to take back to school.

Curriculum Outcomes


  • HT2-2 describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
  • HT2-3 describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
  • HT2-4 describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
  • HT2-5 applies skills of historical inquiry and communication


  • GE2-2 describes the ways people, places and environments interact

Before you visit

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Booking Details


$230 for groups up to 15 and $355 for groups of 16 – 30.


Monday - Friday during term time


2 hours

Minimum Supervision Ratio

Kindergarten – Year 2 - 1 adult per 5 students
Year 3 – Year 6 - 1 adult per 10 students
Secondary students - 1 adult per 20 students

Make a booking enquiry now

Bookings are essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Email learning.library@sl.nsw.gov.au or phone 9273 1778.

Helpful hints to enjoy your excursion

These guidelines have been developed to assist students and teachers visiting the State Library of NSW to comply with the Department of Education risk assessment guidelines for excursions.

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