Step Back in Time

A glimpse of schooling from the past, the NSW Schoolhouse Museum is a popular excursion venue for schools. With a hands-on focus, students interact with artefacts and experience early school life. They use skills of historical inquiry to investigate the past: Present and Past Family Life; The Past in the Present; Community and Remembrance. 

The NSW Schoolhouse Museum was the first building of North Ryde Public School. The original schoolroom was built in 1877 for 45 pupils with extra rooms built in 1893 and 1910. Housed in restored early schoolrooms, the museum collects and preserves objects relating to the history of public education in NSW. The museum is open for school excursions, group tours and the general public by appointment.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Wallumedegal Peoples of the Darug Nation, the Traditional Owners of the land on which the NSW Schoolhouse Museum stands. We pay our respect to Elders past and present. We recognise the continuing learning systems of Aboriginal Peoples on this land and acknowledge the impact of past government policies on the education of Aboriginal children in New South Wales.

 

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The Rolling Plum – an infants story from the 1950s

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The NSW Department of Education published a series of infants readers and work books from the mid 1950s to late 1960s. View a YouTube reading of The Rolling Plum from the 2nd Grade reader, Open Road to Reading. Read Di and Robbie’s memories of the story in their memories of 1960s lessons and subjects.

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Bookings available in Term 4

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We’ve really enjoyed working with excited students again, for many, their first excursion. Term 3 is fully booked but there are still some dates available in Term 4. If you missed out on a date, we are taking 2023 bookings. View our calendar. Email us for bookings – info@schoolhousemuseum.org.au

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NSW school children and the Anzacs

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Did you know that NSW school students and teachers were actively involved in fundraising for Belgian orphans, making comfort items for soldiers at the front, tucking hand-written notes into the gifts they packaged and growing vegetables in support of returned soldiers? Find out the contribution of primary children in our digital resource NSW school children […]

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