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History mysteries

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Arakoon National Park

Overview

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Explore the old granite gaol at Trial Bay and help to unlock mysteries of the past on the History Mysteries school excursion. This is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) excursion to Arakoon National Park, focusing on HSIE.

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Trial Bay Gaol is situated on a headland in Arakoon National Park. Discover how the Gaol has been used over time and experience what life was like for the German prisoners who were interned here during World War. Today, this picturesque historic ruin stands as a testament to those who lived and died here, with a museum and memorial for visitors to get a better idea of life in those days. You’ll find out about the lives of prisoners who once called Trial Bay Gaol home and what landed them there in the first place.

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Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

HT2-4. Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia

HT2-5. Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments

Objectives

Students will:

  • Visit this site to investigate transport, especially the "Highway of Light", daily life and the treatment of prisoners since colonial times
  • Discover the role that people of diverse backgrounds have played in the development and character of this site including prisoners and WW1 internees
  • Use skills of historical inquiry and communication to uncover the history of the gaol
  • Use a range of sources such as photographs, newspapers, oral histories, diaries and letters
  • Explore the site to understand how it has changed

Excursion details

Availability
Guided. Available on request. Weekdays during school term.
Where
Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park
Duration
2hrs
Grading
Easy. Walking on tracks and paths around the gaol site.
Price

$375 per group, which includes Gaol admission and your own ranger guide. Price includes GST. Max 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply. 

Accessibility
Hard
Meeting point
The main gates of Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park.
Booking
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Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/NSW Government