COMING IN 2014
Image - Tin Lee certificate of domicile. National Archives of Australia: ST84/1, 1903/261-270
In 1888 several boats carrying Chinese immigrants sailed through Sydney Heads into a crisis that would shape the nation. Chinese people had been arriving in Sydney for over 30 years, but by 1888 growing ill-will towards them had broken out into open hostility. Those aboard theSS Afghan, Menmuir and Guthrie were detained and deported under harsh new immigration laws hastily rushed through Parliament.
The ‘Afghan incident’ was catalysed by the threat of cheap Chinese labour, compounded by prejudices demonising the Chinese and their way of life. It paved the way for the White Australia policy and the exclusion of Asian immigrants for the next 80 years.
Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story explores the background to and consequences of this nation-defining crisis through the stories of Sydney’s Chinese people.
We thank you for your interest in the Historic Houses Trust’s 2013 excursion program.
At our historic sites we are pleased to offer a range of stimulating programs, linked to the curriculum, that engage students in exploring Australia’s heritage. Designed by educators and guided by our highly trained staff, these programs provide unique experiences that support and extend history in the classroom and allow opportunities for authentic and connected learning.
Primary students can take part in an interactive visit to the old schoolhouse at Rouse Hill House and Farm and experience a re-creation of 19th-century school life in Lessons from the Past, spend time with convict Ivan Gotney in the virtual excursion A convict story, or participate in a hands-on session at the Justice & Police Museum to examine artefacts from the Ben Hall trial in Bailed-up.
More about Primary programs
For High Schools: In 2013 we are proud to be collaborating with the State Library of New South Wales to offer your Stage 6 students a seminar day, The Project and with the Australian Theatre for Young People to explore aspects of our early history with Stages 4 & 5 through theatrical performances in The Rocks.
More about Secondary programs
Take a moment to find out more about what the Historic Houses Trust Education program can offer or contact us.
2013 program brochures
The 2013 brochures are available as PDF files:
2014 program brochures available soon
For general education inquiries contact:
The Education Unit
Historic Houses Trust
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T 02 8239 2303
F 02 8239 2299