Year 5 Visit the Australiana Pioneer Village

On Wednesday 8 August in Week 2 of this term, Year 5 visited the Australiana Pioneer Village in Wilberforce. It was a fun, exciting, educational and interactive day learning about Australian life and its heritage back in the 1800s. 


The students were involved in a number of rotational activities which included: The Shearing Shed, Spinning Wheel Demonstration, Marsden Park Public School, Rose Cottage, Butter Churning Demonstration, Water Pump Demonstration, Cartwright Cottage, The Blacksmith Shop, Washing Board Demonstration and The Old Church. There were also so many more things to see. 


Below are some reflections from Year 5 students on their visit:


‘The Australiana Pioneer Village is based on the times of the Early Settlers in the 1800s. My favourite part was when we made butter. The village was a very interesting and historical excursion. I learnt amazing and marvellous information.’ Daniel Jung


‘While we were there, we did group rotations around the village to see old buildings.  My favourite part of the excursion was the Forge. If I had any job back in the 1800s, it would be a Blacksmith.’ Ethan Bennett


‘The Blacksmith demonstration was my favourite part of the excursion because it showed a man making forks with a block of metal. The whole village was amazing and spectacular so I give the excursion a ten out of ten!’  Jackson Clarke


‘We made bright coloured butter and it was great to eat! There was a little cottage that was owned by the Rose family, which was the oldest building from the 1800s still standing in Australia.’ Charlie Campisi


‘We learnt about how people in the 1800s got their water, how they washed and what girls were not allowed to do!.’ Eleora Matthews


‘My favourite experience was the ‘Butter Churning’ because afterwards the butter was put onto some bread for us to eat and it tasted delicious!’ Amelia Huxley


‘It was fascinating learning about how people used to live and man, did they have it tough! A highlight for me was washing clothes on the washing board.  The board was made of glass with little grooves to get rid of the dirt.’ Faith Martinez


‘The Australiana Pioneer Village is a place with lots of historical features such as the school which is 129 years old.’ Annabelle Carbone


‘My favourite rotation was the ‘Old Church’ because it was simple and very beautiful with lots of nice antiques.’ Sophia Licastro


‘The school was very different to our school. Science and Geography were called Social Studies. You had to write in a fancy way. They had a fireplace in the classroom and it was the teacher’s responsibility to light the fire on a cold day. Kids had to finish school and their chores first before they were allowed to play.’ Jessica Todd


‘At the sheep shearing shed we learnt that girls were only allowed in the shed once a year at a dance. The boys did all of the jobs there.’ Gordon Manoj


‘The Australiana Pioneer Village showed us what it was like to live in the 1800s, how they used to wash, get their water and make butter.’ Alysha Calayag


‘We used a water pump and churned butter…at the end of the day, we got to try the butter. The presenters were very nice and gave us great information.  It was a very enjoyable learning session.’ Emily Klimek


‘It was fantastic to learn about our history and how the pioneers and early settlers lived back in the 1800s.’ Shanice Johnson


‘We found out that a shearer would shear about 100 sheep a day.  Rose Cottage had a family of nine living in it and Mr Rose had a gun rack above his bedroom door ready for an attack from a bushranger.’ Isaac Kohler


‘At the blacksmith shop we learnt how to make a medieval fork, a plough, shovels, axes and horse shoes.’ Lachlan Brown


‘Everyone washed in the same bath tub so they didn’t waste water. The cleanest person had a bath first, all the way through to the dirtiest. Then the water was used on the garden.’ Clay Blight


‘The butter churning was hard and it took one hour to make butter. Washing was also hard in the olden days because you just had to keep scrubbing for a very long time non-stop.’ Jake Richards


‘The blacksmith melted the metal so he could carve it and make products like cutlery, axes and ploughs to sell. The school house had lots of cool stuff like statues for drawing and dead animals to study for Science.’ Marcus Caballero


‘There were many different places to go to like Cartwright Cottage which was built in 1889. It was an outstanding place!’ Phoenix Bounasiff


Mrs Fraser & Mrs Blight

Year 5 Teachers


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