Batmania: The story of early Melbourne tour

Barrel from first settlement at Sullivan Bay, Sorrento, ca. 1803
60 minutes
Year level
Year: 7–VCE
$130 per group (up to 25 students)
50 students. Note: programs do not run on Mondays.

On a guided tour, secondary students will explore early Melbourne's rich history through a variety of artworks, artefacts and architectural icons.

Students will unlock the city's stories as they come face to face with Batman's deed, Ned Kelly's Jerilderie letter and more, providing an unparalleled insight into Melbourne's history.

Student experience

Students will:

  • take a guided tour of the Library's unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room
  • view artefacts, documents and other historical sources in The changing face of Victoria exhibition
  • learn about important historical figures from Victoria's past, such as John Batman, William Barak and Ned Kelly
  • gain an understanding of the Library's role in collecting and documenting Victoria's history.

Skills development

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

  • analyse the cause and effect of significant events that affected the social, cultural and economic development of Victoria (VCHHC086/103/127) and their impact on Aboriginal communities in Victoria (VCHHC085/86)
  • describe perspectives and identify ideas, beliefs and values of people in the past (VCHHC084/100/124), and evaluate the roles of significant Victorians (VCHHC104)
  • challenge previously held assumptions and create new links, proposals and artefacts by investigating ideas that provoke shifts in perspectives and cross boundaries to generate ideas and solutions (VCCCTQ045).

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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