Welcome to Classrooms Past

 
 

A visit by Classrooms Past/Colonial School in 2021 provides students of all ages with a hands on educational experience that will stay with them for many years. Over the past thirty five years over three hundred thousand school 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.  In the Possum Creek National Goldfields Schoolhouse students learn that many of the classrooms teachers on the goldfields were far from sober and perhaps had a ‘colourful’ past and that the Irish education system which is used is far superior than the English system in teaching them.  In the 1901 Eight Mile Creek Federation Classroom students will learn the reason why Australia’s first Prime Minister was nicknamed ‘Toby Tosspot’ and can perhaps design a flag for the new country.  In the King George Fifth Public School students learn about life one hundred years ago in an Australian school.  The war is over and hopefully the flu pandemic.  The government has borrowed substantial amounts of monies to support the economy and Australian factories are producing like never before.  Then in the 1942 Empire School 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 seventy five years ago when enemy planes with red circles on them will appear in the skies.  Darwin has been bombed along with Western Australia.  Enemy submarines have entered Sydney Harbour.  The enemy is on our doorstep in New Guinea.  Will school children be speaking Japanese by the end of 1942?  Finally there is in the Queen Elizabeth School with some schools still having the need for boys and girls to play in separate playgrounds for mixing together in the playground was just not on fifty years ago.  Two strokes of the cane for boys caught in the girl’s playground.  The strap and cane were still used for such terrible ‘crimes’ as forgetting a full stop, not knowing tables, being late to class or talking in the classroom.  It was a time when there was no computers in the classroom, there were simple wooden sand trays for infants classes, well used slates (often spat upon to be cleaned) and slate pencils in many schools and dip in pens and ink with copperplate writing.  In a Classrooms Past recreated classroom there are the slates, traditional pens, ink and  always the strap resting upon the teacher’s desk as a reminder of what awaited students until recently if they erred.  An unforgettable experience………………

 

A Unique Educational Experience