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YEAR 2: The Past in the Present - Peninsula Farm Tranby


Tranby Class Year 2



Peninsula Farm (Tranby) is the site of one of the first farms in the Swan River Colony and the earliest residence still standing in the metropolitan area. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the first years of European settlement in Western Australia. Constructed by Joseph Hardey in 1839, it was the third house he had built on the Peninsula, a property originally granted to him in 1830. Over the years the house was added to and expanded outwards and upwards. At the same time, the farm became smaller and smaller. Peninsula Farm remained in the Hardey family until 1913. Joseph Hardey, and his son Richard, who took over management of the property in the late 1860s, were highly influential in the religious, business and political activities of the colony. Peninsula Farm, however, tells more than just these stories. It also tells of their wives and daughters, the women and others who ran the house and the workers who ran the farm. It tells of farming, and how families and the young colony sustained themselves on a daily basis. Peninsula Farm (Tranby) today consists of only the homestead and surrounding garden.



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The Year 2 curriculum provides a study of local history. Students explore, recognise and appreciate the history of their local area by examining remains of the past and considering why they should be preserved.


This National Trust of Australia (WA) program is associated with the Year 2 Australian Curriculum: History. The central component of the program is an excursion to historic Peninsula Farm (Tranby). The program provides suggestions of pre-visit and post-visit activities that integrate the teaching of historical knowledge, understandings and skills. It should be adapted to suit your needs. Use as little or as much of the program as you wish; incorporate your own activities and teaching methodologies; or choose to focus on one or several key inquiry questions.


 Students will use the following KEY INQUIRY QUESTIONS to discover:

·         What aspects of the past can you see today? What do they tell us?

Tour the house and grounds. Look for evidence of the past and what it reveals about daily life at Peninsula Farm (Tranby)


·         What remains of the past are important to the local community? Why?

The architecture, ornaments, fixtures and family memorabilia provide evidence of the past and opportunities for discussion about the heritage value of Peninsula Farm (Tranby).


·         How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

Tour the house and look for examples of nineteenth century technology to compare with present day.

This program allows students to develop historical skills through key concepts appropriate to their age and ability.


Historical Skills:

Sequence historical people and events

Distinguish between the past, present and future

Pose questions about the past using sources provided

Explore a range of sources about the past

Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present

Explore a point of view


Key Concepts:

Continuity and change

On a tour through Peninsula Farm (Tranby) students can identify how changes in lifestyle and technology have affected the way homes are built and the way people do things


Cause and effect

Through the story of Peninsula Farm (Tranby) students identify the changing roles of the house



Students learn about the roles and responsibilities of children in the past providing an insight into how people’s perspectives are determined by their circumstances



Students see how the Hardey family lived and hear stories about what their life was like and make comparisons with their own life to develop empathy with the settlers experiences



Students develop an understanding of what makes Peninsula Farm (Tranby) special and worth keeping for future generations