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Hartley historical tour
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), History, Hartley Historic Site
On this interactive Stage 3 (Years 5-6) History excursion, students visit key sites in the Hartley Historic Site colonial village: the courthouse, the gaol and St Bernard’s Church. They'll explore the history of how this key colony developed.
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Students will participate in a mock trial, spend time in a gaol cell and hear stories of Hartley’s colonial history. Hartley, on the edge of Blue Mountains National Park, was a pivotal place when settlement moved west beyond the Great Dividing Range. The rise and fall of the town coincides with major happenings such as the Gold Rush, the birth of the coal and oil industries and the introduction of rail travel.
As students investigate the story of Hartley and the surrounding farms, they’ll gain a rich insight into Australian colonial life, including its impact on the environment and existing Indigenous residents.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 3 (Years 5-6)|
HT3-1. Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
HT3-2. Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
HT3-5. Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication
Monday to Friday during school term. 1hr 30min to 2hrs, depending on group size.
- Guided. Also available on request.
- 1.5-2 hr
- Easy. Students will be moving between closely situated buildings in a village setting.
$11 per student (includes GST). Group minimum 60 students. Maximum 120 students.
- No wheelchair access
- Meeting point
- Outside the courthouse, Hartley Historic Site.
- 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.
- School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains
- 02 4784 7301 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
- in Hartley Historic Site in the Sydney and surrounds region
Hartley Historic Site is open every day but access may be limited at times due to fire danger, school bookings or organised events.