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Significant individuals

Excursion Summary

Stage 3
2 hours

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Develop skills of historical inquiry and communication as you research significant individuals such as Caroline Chisholm, Francis Greenway, Quong Tart, Mary Reibey and other significant individuals. Students will use a range of primary and secondary sources, learn how to think critically, and bring the individual's portrait to life!

In this two hour interactive program students will:

  • analyse a range of primary and secondary sources,
  • develop critical thinking skills,
  • describe the significance of particular people in the development of Australia
  • communicate their findings as a digital animation. 

Curriculum outcomes


  • HT3-1 describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
  • HT3-2 describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
  • HT3-5 applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication


Before you visit

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Booking Details


$230 for groups up to 15 and $355 for groups of 16 - 30 students


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

Bookings are essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Email 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.

Bus subsidy program

Travel free by bus to the Library to participate in our onsite learning programs.