Striking gold!

Excursion Summary

Stage 3
2 hours

on demand

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of life on the goldfields as you explore the challenges and opportunities faced by miners on the goldfields in the 1850s. Using the extensive Holtermann UNESCO-listed goldfields photographs for inspiration, your students will analyse primary sources and dress up in period costume to create and star in a short film.

In this 2 hour program your students will:

  • analyse primary source material
  • write the script for a short film
  • dress in period costume
  • make a short movie using an iPad
  • see original collection items relating to Australian history.

Striking Gold

Striking Gold

Striking Gold

Striking Gold
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Striking Gold

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
  • HT3-3 identifies change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of change on Australian society
  • HT3-5 applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication


  • EN3-OLC-01 Communicates to wide audiences with social and cultural awareness, by interacting and presenting, and by analysing and evaluating for understanding
  • EN3-CWT-01 Plans, creates and revises written texts for multiple purposes and audiences through selection of text features, sentence-level grammar, punctuation and word-level language 

Before you visit

School students | What should I know before I 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

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.