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Victorian Postcards: A Unique History Excursion

1.5 hours
Year level
$210 per class
25 students per class

State Library Victoria is a treasure trove of opportunity for students to learn about Colonial Australia, the period of time spanning from the 1850s through to Federation in 1901. Students will map the chronology of Victoria's history by exploring State Library Victoria's iconic building and using items from its vast collection.

This program is available Tuesday-Friday during term time at 10.00am and 12.30pm. A maximum of two classes can be allocated to one booking time.

Students will:  

  • move through the library, slowing down to closely observe, look, listen to and notice the objects, artworks and spaces within 
  • examine historical information and make connections to prior learning 
  • reason with evidence to make decisions about the chronological order of events in Victoria 
  • explore how Melbourne has changed over time 

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

  • Sequence significant events in chronological order to create a narrative about one navigator, explorer or trader and Australian settlement (VCHHC066).
  • Identify and describe continuity and change over time in the local community, region or state and as a result of the effects of European exploration (VCHHC069).
  • Explain the causes of significant events that shaped the Australian colonies, contributed to Australian Federation and the effects of these on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants (VCHHC086).

To find out more about visiting the Library, bus parking and COVID-19 guidelines, see Plan a school visit