WELCOME TO CLASSROOMS PAST 2019

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 1919

POSSUM CREEK GOLDFIELDS SCHOOLHOUSE 1853

THE  EMPIRE SCHOOL 1942

QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOLROOM 1969


A visit by Classrooms Past in 2019 provides students of all ages with a hands on educational experience that will stay with them for many years. Since 1986 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. What life was like for children in classrooms at the time of the First World War when more or less every family in Australia knew someone who was doing their bit for God, King and Country.  An opportunity to step back one hundred years at the ‘Gallipoli Street Public School’.  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.


Classrooms Past/Colonial School provide everything your students need for the days activities.  Slates, pen and ink, period writing and drawing sheets, text books from the timeof the classroom and of course on the teacher’s desk a strap or a cane to remind students of what awaited them for any misdemeanor at school until quite recently.


Many a teacher in a 2019 classrooms visited by us remember their own experience in a classroom with ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’ from Classroom Past/Colonial School ten or twenty years ago.......