Students undertake a walking ‘mystery history tour’ of 30 or so iconic places which tell important stories of how diversity and heritage have constructed the identity of the St Kilda community. Locations include Fitzroy Street, Acland Street, the St Kilda Esplanade and foreshore. Students learn to identify change over time and traces of the past in architecture, landscapes, symbols, monuments and key events using observations and questioning.
They visit places which demonstrate how the St Kilda community has been shaped over 170 years by influences such as artists, theatre, pastoralists, poverty, technology, protesters, churches, immigrants, restaurants, indigenous, people and entertainment. Suitable for primary and secondary students.
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Cost: $320 – $450 per day depending on whether it is a half or whole day and the number of classes. See a quote!
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“Thank you for the wonderful guide around St Kilda. We received great positive feedback from students, parents and teachers.” ..… Melbourne Grammar School: Grimwade House
“So stimulating and informative. The students have so many ideas they are busily following up as we speak“.……St Kilda Park Primary School
St Kilda is a fascinating suburb. The people who live there often feel a special identity. For over 150 years since settlement it has been the ‘playground of Melbourne’. It has a roller coaster history from great wealth to great poverty and back again. The diversity of its buildings, places and people tell the fascinating story of an ever changing community.
Before settlement St Kilda was Yroe Yroke, home to the Yalukit willam community of the Boonwurrung who sharpened their stone axes by the Esplanade and camped by the many wetlands. After settlers arrived, St Kilda became grazing land for sheep and cattle. Early hotels like the Village Belle provided accommodation and safety from bushrangers. In early Melbourne there was a shortage of houses; people came to the St Kilda Sea Baths to bathe often every day.
The Gold Rush bought thousands more people to the seaside on trains and cable trams. Theatres and other entertainments were built for their enjoyment. St Kilda was a popular seaside resort. The wealthy built great mansions to enjoy the healthy sea-breeze and to escape the pollution of ‘Marvellous Smellboom’.
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