Education and Learning



Perth Metropolitan Region

Curtin Family Home, 24 Jarrad Street, Cottesloe
Curtin Family Home is only open to the public for a short period of time each year. Contact the National Trust for information.
John and Elsie Curtin built a home in Cottesloe for their family. They lived there throughout the period of the 2nd World War. 

An Australian Curriculum: History program for Year 6 looks at changes in the suburb of Cottesloe, life during the war years and the impacts of WWII on Australian society.

East Perth Cemeteries
When Governor Stirling arrived in the Swan River Colony in 1829, one of his first acts was to set aside land for public needs including the practical requirement of a cemetery. East Perth Cemeteries have significant heritage value because they were the main burial grounds for the Swan River Colony from 1829 to the end of the 19th century.

A visit to the Cemeteries and follow up activities allows students to examine significant events, people and settlement during the period of the Swan River settlement and into the goldrush.

Australian Curriculum: History Swan River Colony resources for year 5 students and pre and post visit activities are available.





No 1 Pump Station, Mundaring Weir

The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme designed by CY O’Connor was originally built to transfer water from the Perth hills to the goldfields of Western Australia, a distance of 560 kilometres. The scheme was opened in 1903.
No 1 Pump Station was the first of eight steam pump stations and an extensive four-year renovation project by the National Trust now makes No 1 Pump Station a showcase for the scheme.

Schools visiting No 1 Pump Station have a wide choice of tours and activities including Water Corporation's Waterwise Schools Programs. Students learn about the significant people and events involved with the scheme.  Teaching, research resources and pre and post visit activities are available.


Old Observatory, West Perth

The Old Perth Observatory, situated at the top of Mount Eliza near Kings Park, is now the headquarters of the National Trust. Originally there were three main buildings on the Observatory site but today just the Government Astronomer's Residence remains.

The building and land have historic significance. Visiting schools can use the Observatory as a base from which to explore West Perth and how the area and architecture of the area changed between 1890s and mid 1900s.  Tour Through Time resources and pre and post visit activities are available.


Peninsula Farm (Tranby), Maylands

Situated on a rise above the banks of the Swan River, Peninsula Farm is a unique example of a colonial farmhouse. It is one of the few surviving examples of colonial domestic buildings of the Swan River Colony. The buildings and artefacts  provide an excellent introduction to settlement and life during the early days of the Swan River Colony.  School visits include a tour and hands-on activities.

Australian Curriculum: History Swan River Colony resources for year 5 students and pre and post visit activities are available.There are also Australian History: Curriculum Programs for Year 1 and Year 2 students.




Samson House, Fremantle

Samson House is closely associated with the Samsons, a prominent Fremantle family who lived through the social, economic and physical changes of Fremantle. Through the different generations students learn how Fremantle has changed from 1829 to the present day. They visit Samson House to explore the changes in technology and the daily lives of people in the past.

Australian Curriculum: History programs for
 years 2, 5 and 6 are available to download. Programs for years 5 and 6 include a heritage walk through Fremantle.

Woodbridge, near Midland

When Captain James Stirling explored this area he named it 'Woodbridge' as it reminded him of the area around his wife’s family home in England. Charles Harper bought the property in 1883, constructing the house and using the land to trial various crops and farming methods. Two of Charles and Fanny’s sons were killed at Gallipoli in 1915. From 1921 it was used as a school and from 1942 a government home for aged women.  Schools can choose tours and activities to suit age and ability levels.  Teaching resources and pre and post visit activities are available.


Australian History: Curriculum Programs are available for Year 1 and Year 2