School excursionSpecial Offer
Past in the present at Davidson Whaling Station
Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, Ben Boyd National Park
School excursions in NSW national parks
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Discover what life was like in a whaling colony in the 1900s. This Stage 1 (Years 1-2) history excursion is designed to support the K-10 history syllabus topic, Past in the present.
Read more about Past in the present at Davidson Whaling Station
The Davidson family worked alongside a local pod of killer whales (orcas) to hunt and capture baleen whales in a relationship known as ‘the law of the tongue’. Once processed, the lips and tongue of the baleen were returned to the orcas as a reward for their service. This unspoken agreement would endure for generations, until John Logan, neighbour of the Davidsons, broke this trust. The consequences were devastating.
In this fascinating history excursion, students will explore the Davidsons’ home, Loch Garra homestead, and its grounds in Twofold Bay. They’ll learn about the local Koori Aboriginal people who lived in this area for over 5000 years before colonisation.
This is a unique and memorable excursion for young enquiring minds.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 1 (Years 1-2)|
HT1-2. Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time
HT1-3. Describes the effects of changing technology on people's lives over time
HT1-4. Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication
Monday to Friday during school term
- Guided. Available on request.
- Davidson Whaling Station, Ben Boyd National Park
$18 per student, minimum of 20 students. If your group is more or less than 20 students, call the NPWS Merimbula office on 02 6495 5000.
- Meeting point
- Meet in the Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site carpark
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
- Merimbula office
- Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods, 10am to 3pm.
- 02 6495 5000
- 47 Merimbula Drive, cnr Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula NSW 2548
- in Ben Boyd National Park in the South Coast region
Ben Boyd National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day in the Green Cape area of the park (south of Eden). The Pambula-Haycock area (north of Eden) has free park entry. This park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.Buy annual pass