3, 4
75 Min

Changing Worlds: Children's Experiences of Colonisation


Changing Worlds: Children’s Experiences of Colonisation

Who lived here first, and how do we know? How have laws affected the lives of people, past and present?

This program focuses on the lives of children both pre and post-colonisation in South Australia, including the experience of children at The Native School Establishment that was once on the current site of the Migration Museum. As such, it provides a unique real-life example of First Contact. This program also includes the opportunity for one or two students to “dress up “ in the uniforms provided by the colonial administrators of the school, which Kaurna students were required to wear when attending the school. This, along with other components of the program, aims to provide students with an insight into the experiences of children who attended this school.

Booking Information

Years: 3 to 4
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $10 per student or $7 for government category 1-4, rural or regional schools.
Teacher/student ratio:

  • 1:6 for Pre-school to Year 2
  • 1:10 for Years 3 to 7
  • 1:15 for Years 8 to 12

Teachers and supervisors attend free of charge at these ratios.

Note: The Migration Museum can accommodate a maximum of two classes per day. If you have a larger group, note this on your booking request form and you can contact us to chat about your options.

About Education at the Migration Museum

The Migration Museum tells the stories of South Australians and celebrates cultural diversity. It offers a wide variety of education programs to suit a range of year levels and learning outcomes. Explore the galleries, take part in a curriculum-aligned education program and develop student’s curiosity about and interest in history.


Year 3

AC9HS3K01 – causes and effects of changes to the local community, and how people who may be from diverse backgrounds have contributed to these changes

AC9HS3K02 – significant events, symbols and emblems that are important to Australia’s identity and diversity, and how they are celebrated, commemorated or recognised in Australia, including Australia Day, Anzac Day, NAIDOC Week, National Sorry Day, Easter, Christmas, and other religious and cultural festivals

Year 4

AC9HS4K01 – the diversity of First Nations Australians, their social organisation and their continuous connection to Country/Place

AC9HS4K03 – the experiences of individuals and groups, including military and civilian officials, and convicts involved in the establishment of the first British colony

AC9HS4K04 – the effects of contact with other people on First Nations Australians and their Countries/Places following the arrival of the First Fleet and how this was viewed by First Nations Australians as an invasion

Guide for Teachers

Take a look at our Guide for Teachers to find out more about the learning opportunities in the Migration Musem


Where to Next?

You can combine your excursion with other activities such as

Self-guided visit to the Migration Musem

Self-guided visit to the Centre of Democracy 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students can attend?
The museum can accommodate a maximum of two classes per day. If you have a larger group, note this on your booking request form and you can contact us to chat about your options.

Where can students gather for recess and lunch?
There is an open courtyard and gazebo with some tables and chairs in the centre of our museum, which can be used for recess or lunch breaks.

The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden is also just a short walk down Kintore Avenue, which is a nice quiet area with grass and trees.

Is there somewhere to store bags?
Yes, there is a bag storage area on site. Museum Officers will show teachers where this is on arrival.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the Migration Museum is wheelchair accessible, and there is an accessible bathroom. Contact us to chat about any accessibility issues or requirements.

Where can we park while we visit?
There is a loading zone on Kintore Avenue outside the museum for pick-up and drop-off. Drivers will need to make arrangements for parking in the area.

Do you have a hot weather policy?
Our museum and learning spaces are air conditioned, so programs can still go ahead in hot weather.

How do we pay?
The Migration Museum is cashless. Schools can either pay on the day with a credit card or a Tax Invoice can be sent to the school for the cost of the visit.

We will only invoice for the number of people who visit on the day, so we do not issue invoices in advance of the visit. Please provide an appropriate email address for payment of the invoice.

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