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.
Printer-friendly pdf of Year 2 Program - Pensinula Farm
OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM
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
What remains of the past are important to the local community? Why?
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.
Sequence historical people and
Distinguish between the past, present and
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
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