LEARN about the early explorers and founding settlers on the Birrarung or Yarra Yarra River and the events that led to settlement in defiance of British law.
VISIT locations that tell stories of the colonial period such as settlement and explorer locations, Aboriginal sites, shipping and trade, the gold rush, Eureka stockade, Marvellous Melbourne.
FIND out more about the colonial settlers, their challenges and personalities. We allocate each student an individual early Melbourne identity which they assume during the excursion.
VIEW paintings, maps and documents by by early settlers and artists eg, historic pictures,timelines,
DISCOVER the impact of settlers on the Indigenous people of the Kulin Nation.
ASK us to design a specific tour that meets your classes specific learning outcomes.
WHEN: School excursions are normally up to two hours by arrangement at a time of your convenience.
WHERE: Our tours usually start and finish at Federation Square but can start from the Immigration Museum if needed.
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See also our other Early Melbourne School Excursions below:
MELBOURNE CITY DISCOVERY TOUR..More
MELBOURNE ABORIGINAL TOUR…More
A NEW LAND – PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT 1830-1860….. More
MELBOURNE GEOGRAPHY TOUR….More
TRADERS AND EXPLORERS.. More
MELBOURNE EXPLORERS SCHOOL EXCURSION… More
THE GOLDEN MILE – MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE …..More
See our video: ‘Old Melbourne Town’
Students of all ages respond enthusiastically to this challenging and stimulating journey by the Yarra River to early Melbourne locations and buildings in the Melbourne CBD. This interactive two hour program allows them to explore the events of the early setllement periods and the impact on the history, identity and culture of today’s Melbourne by visiting places which tell stories about historic milestones. . We can provide interactive activities e.g bushtucker, take them into buildings, handle artifacts, and examine images. They meet challenges in a fun way that promotes learning and questioning. We can also also design a specific mix of destinations and activities to meet your specific learning needs including from our many other school programs.
Once again thank you so much for our series of walks, the students loved it and they were so informative and engaging. Lumen Christi, Point Cook, 11 March 2015.
SOME LOCATIONS WE CAN VISIT
Pre-1835. Birramung Marr celebrates the Birrarung ‘River if Mists’ and the original federation of the Kulin Nation. The ‘Yarra Yarra’ was the site of the first explorers and settlers arrival in 1835. What was their impact on the Kulin Federation and how did that influence Australia?
Federation square celebrate the birth of the Australian nation. The Deakin Building celebrates Victorian Alfred Deakin 3 times Prime Minster and the father of Federation in Victoria. The plaza has nine visions of Federation in the 400,000 stone tiles in the plaza. There is one Cambrian shell – can you find it?
St Pauls Cathedral 1854: Early church services. Gold rush Eureka demonstrations: – Birth of Australian democracy and flag: Eureka paved the way for the national ideal of ideals of a new nation, a democratic ‘working mans paradise’ and created the national flag.
271 Collins: The confidence of the gold boom with Collins Street as world financial centre gave Melbourne a boost as ‘Marvellous Melbourne’, attracted international attention though the great exhibitions of the 1880s and inspired the Federation movement.
The Block Arcade 1891: Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne’s Australia use of world technologies eg Singer and Kodak shops set Melbourne on the path to self sufficiency and the confidence to create a new nation. The great crash of 1893 set back the federation movement however and the first referendum failed. The second was successful.
Royal Arcade 1869: Gold rush, arcades, icons of Melbourne. Expresses the early confidence gained during the gold rush and the cry arose everywhere from new Australian businesses arising due to consumer purchasing power to ‘buy Australian.’
The GPO building 1886: The Centre of Melbourne, changes in technology, fire.
The GPO represents ‘the tyranny of distance’ the unusual position that Australia occupied, a vast country distant from the mother country and the urgent priority of communication and inventions like the telegraph and later the phone.
1880s – The Coles Book Arcade 1886: Nationalism, Federation, City of Literature. Coles saw education and books as the saving of the Australian Nation and also saw that racism would be disastrous for Australia. He was one of the few that supported the Chinese and bitterly opposed rascism during federation. He also supported the equality of women, a world region and a world federation.
Presgrave Lane: Federation saw the introduction of many new services such as sewerage, child care, schools and healthcare services that saved millions of lives. Gallipolli was the really the national birth of Australia where two-up was played. Federation gave the Commonwealth get the power to print Australian money for the first time. They created the first Australian penny in 1911.
Manchester Lane 1860s: Gold rush architecture, early settlement The Gold rush inspired immigration, democracy, working people, financial capacity and new technologies. it gave confidence to a young country and inspired trade connections around the world.
1890s – Flinders Lane: The great heritage warehouses, subterranean Melbourne immigration pathway form the docks
Nicholas Building 1927: Turning to America. One of the earliest of the American style sky capers turning people from the traditional British ideals to the New World of America, another ex-British republic.
And more resources…
http://www.yarrahealing.catholic.edu.au/teaching-learning/index.cfm?loadref=106. Features indigenous and other resources including our own book The Melbourne Dreaming
Features photographs and video clips about artefacts featured in the Melbourne Story exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.
East Melbourne Historical Society. This site contains pictures from early settlement days in Melbourne.
www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/rsrc/PDFs/History/Historydates.pdf Another website citing key dates but only from 1835 onwards.
www.walkingmelbourne.com/city.html contains a brief overview of Melbourne and some good photographs of Melbourne today and in the past.
Also see Melbourne Walks’ Resources page for lists of further resources.See Prices & Bookings