The Way We Were


Susannah Place Museum Excursion Information
Excursion Introduction: The Way We Were
Risk Assessment: Susannah Place

Please note: Offered in Terms 1 & 3. Enquires for Term 1, 2022 now available.

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
From $165 for up to 15 students. See below for the full cost scale.
1 hour
Session Offered
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Maximum Students
35 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional Visitor Costs

Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12.

About the program

As they explore Susannah Place, a row of terraces in Sydney’s Rocks area, students find out how residents shopped, lived and played in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and make comparisons with their lives today.

Students visit the recreated c1915 corner shop where the shopkeeper’s son Jim helped out before and after school. They put on aprons and become trainee shopkeepers to learn about household goods and technologies of the day and help to serve a customer. In the crowded back parlour, they see how Jim’s dad kept shop foods fresh without the help of an electric fridge.

How did people manage to keep clean, go to the toilet, light their homes and entertain themselves before the days of running water, inside bathrooms, a gas or electricity supply and television? Inside the conserved interiors of the working-class terrace at number 60, students discover how the Cunninghame family lived in 1844, learn about the technologies they used, and imagine how they relaxed and had fun. Students also visit the tiny backyard to see the copper that was used to boil up the laundry every Monday and play a game of quoits.

Prepare your group for a visit with an 'Excursion Introduction' listed under Resources. These introductions are suitable for teachers of children with ASD in integrated classrooms.

Cost scale

Up to 15 students: $165
Up to 30 students: $300
Up to 45 students: $450
Up to 60 students: $600
Up to 75 students: $750
Up to 90 students: $850

Confirmation, payment & cancellation

You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing. 

Curriculum links

Stage 1 History

Present and Past Family Life:

Key inquiry questions:

  • How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  • How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?

HT1-1 Communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms

HT1-4 Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

The Past in the Present:

Key inquiry questions:

  • What aspects of the past can you see today?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

HT1-3 Describes the effects of changing technology on people’s lives over time

HT1-4 Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

Similar programs: Now and Then; Child's Play

Complementary programs: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Susannah Place

58–64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone 02 8239 2211

Plan Your Visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Susannah Place

58–64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone 02 8239 2211
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