Great journeys of exploration workshop

Marco Polo, Thomas Robertson, 1859
120 minutes
Year level
Year: 3–4
$170 per group (up to 25 students)
50 students. Note: programs do not run on Mondays.

Take your students on a journey into the past with this interactive mapping workshop that uncovers how explorers imagined the mysterious Great Southern Land and why adventurers journeyed here.

In this hands-on program, students will be introduced to some of the important early maps of Australia held in our collection, and have the chance to practise their cartography skills by creating and decorating their own maps. Students will also visit the iconic La Trobe Reading room on a tour of the Library.

Student experience

Students will:

  • examine and identify different features in maps from the Library's collection
  • learn how Indigenous Australians and Europeans recorded information about the landscapes around them
  • take a guided tour of the Library's unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room and World of the book exhibition
  • activate their imaginations and create their own maps.

Skills development

This program links to the Victorian Curriculum and assists students to:

  • identify and explain the causes and effects of European settlement and exploration (VCHHC070)
  • interpret maps and other geographical data and information to develop identifications, descriptions, explanations and conclusions using geographical terminology (VCGGC076)
  • consider concrete and pictorial models to facilitate thinking, including a range of visualisation strategies (VCCCTM018).

Excursion funding

Thanks to our generous philanthropic partners, Victorian schools with an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) ranking of less than 1000 may be eligible to receive funding towards program and transport costs. You can look up your school's score on the My School website.

The Library can offer limited bus funding reimbursements, and program waivers for up to four groups per booked excursion. This offer is available until funding has been exhausted.

If you would like to be considered for excursion funding, please add your details when completing the online booking form.

Embark on a journey of discovery at the State Library

Held in the inspiring heritage setting of Australia's oldest public library, our school excursions offer students a uniquely immersive, enriching experience, encouraging return visits and life-long learning. The Library has provided free access to information and education since 1856, and we invite students to become part of history as they tour the breathtaking dome and view our historic collections. All tours and workshops are developed by experienced teachers, aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and facilitated by expert staff.

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