James’ Diary

Lanyon Homestead · Yrs F-2

James’ Diary

Cost: $12 single program $18 double program

Travel South on Tharwa Drive, and near the brown signage turn right to Lanyon Homestead. Follow the dirt road to the Lanyon Heritage Centre – stopping at the A-frame sign. Bus drop off and pick up is at the Lanyon Heritage Centre – see link below for map

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How did children live during mid-19th century pastoral Australia, and how does this compare to contemporary childhood?

Reading James’ diary before the excursion, students will discover the historical figure of James Cunningham and his life growing up at Lanyon Homestead from 1859. Through the on-site program, students experience James’s story by playing games and doing activities from this era, exploring the main homestead and gardens and considering human settlement of the site including Aboriginal occupation and the Cunningham era. Students will make sense of their own childhood by empathising with James’s story, evaluating and reflecting upon their experience in comparison with children from the colonial period.