WELCOME TO CLASSROOMS PAST 2017

ESTABLISHED 1986 - BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE FOR SOME 300,000 SCHOOLCHILDREN OVER THIRTY YEARS



















                                                                                                                                              SOUTH AUSTRALIAN LATE 19TH CENTURY IRURAL SCHOOL


THE GALLIPOLI STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL 1917

POSSUM CREEK GOLDFIELDS SCHOOLHOUSE 1853

THE FEDERATION SCHOOLHOUSE OF 1901

THE  EMPIRE SCHOOL 1942

QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOLROOM 1967


A visit by Classrooms Past in 2017 provides students of all ages with a hands on educational experience that will stay with them for many years. Over some thirty years approaching 3000,00 students in Australia have been taught by the teachers of the Colonial School and Classrooms Past. They have learned first hand about ‘Colonial’ and ‘Twentieth Century’ education.   Stories of the classroom teachers on the goldfields who were far from sober and perhaps had a ‘colorful’ past. Then in the 1942 classroom the students are given a paper bag, a clothes peg, some cotton wool and a piece of barley sugar.  This is for the air raid drill which will take place during the day.  One never knows when enemy planes with red circles on them will appear in the skies over Australia.  In the Sixties Classroom there is still the need at some schools for boys and girls to play in separate playgrounds, slates are still expected to be written on by the younger children at some schools and there is the threat of the strap or cane for such terrible ‘crimes’ as forgetting a full stop, not knowing tables, being late to class or talking in the classroom.


In the past thirty two Classrooms Past have provided recreated classrooms for the Bicentenary in 1988, the fiftieth Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Centenary of Federation, the Centenary of Canberra, the Centenary of ANZAC and for the next three years will offer schools THE GALLIPOLI STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL which will encompass the major events of the First World War .


The recreated GALLIPOLI STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL will provide all the latest ‘news’ from France, patriotic writing  and drawing lessons, reading from school papers and school books of the era, letter writing to a soldier, the singing of the National Anthem, the Oath and Saluting of the Flag as well as other activities.

Classrooms Past is a unique educational experience that visits your school and provides a half day or full day of period education.


In 2017 our EMPIRE SCHOOL OF 1942 commemorates the events of Seventy Five Years when the enemy was on our country’s doorstep.  The Japanese bombed Darwin and the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Far North Queensland.  Submarines attacked Sydney Harbour.  Singapore fell.  There was the Kokoda.  The Battle of the Coral Sea.  Rationing was introduced. Students were very worried that they may be speaking Japanese in their classrooms in the not too distant future.  These events come to life for both Primary and Secondary students.