Year 4 – First Contacts


A privateerAt Living History Australia we believe that history comes alive for children when they are presented with a past with which they can interact; with its sights, sounds and feel. For this reason, every two hour LHA presentation is delivered from a stage set up complete with hundreds of artefacts from the period we are presenting. Every presentation includes characters from the past that the students can interact with. Students are also invited from the audience to dress in period clothes and learn first-hand what it was like for them to live in that time. Towards the end of every performance all students are invited to explore the stage and handle the artefacts and ask individual questions of the presenters regarding both the artefacts and any aspect of the presentation. For those who book an activity day, the presentation continues for the remainder of the day with students learning and partaking in an array of period dancing, games and pastimes (contact the LHA office for a list of current activities).

Characters & Presentation Topics

An 18th Century English magistrate explains the problems brought about in England due to the Industrial Revolution. Two students accused of theft will stand trial, have their crimes explained and sentences passed, before they are sent off to serve their time aboard the prison hulks until a more permanent solution can be found for them.

crop terryA budding young botanist will embark on a great voyage of discovery in the hopes of stealing the thunder of his rivals, Joseph Banks and Lieutenant James Cook. Following that pair from England to Tahiti before stumbling upon the continent of Australia, the botanist shall be accompanied by his faithful, if not entirely well behaved, manservant Jenkins. Scientific discovery is the name of the game, and the pair will illustrate everything from how Englishmen dealt with problems like: communication with the natives of Tahiti, how new plants and their properties are recorded, what European explorers first thought of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, and how to deal with those pesky native animals.

A Naval Captain will bemoan the task of transporting a cargo of convicts to the prospective new colony of New South Wales. With the criminals locked safely away he will rely upon his trusty young midshipman to keep discipline amongst the crew during the long voyage. Discussions on how to store the convicts, keep the men and women of the voyage healthy, the male convicts out of trouble and the female convicts busy and productive members of the crew will give students an insight into life aboard a transportation vessel.

Our presentation come in two formats – a 2hr Performance and a Full Activity Day.


A 2hr Performance is $12 (GST exempt) per student and the Full Activity Day is $17 (GST exempt) per student. Minimum fees apply see below.

Greater Brisbane Area:

Minimum fee equal to 60 students

Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba:

Minimum fee equal to 80 students

Sydney (on Tour) and outside South East Queensland by application:

Minimum fee equal to 100 students

Other Information

We recognise that every school has different start, break and finish times. We also recognise that each school delivers their curriculum with different focuses and emphases. Living History Australia’s presentations and activity days are flexible and can accommodate your school’s timetable. We also encourage you, when booking, to share with us what you are covering in class and the areas you would like us to focus upon.