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Education Programs

Lanyon lies at the foot of the Brindabellas and is one of Australia’s premier historic properties. The Homestead dates from the 1850s and is set within superb pleasure gardens. The property includes a range of outbuildings and is located within a landscape of great natural beauty. Lanyon offers students a variety of hands-on, quintessentially Australian experiences ranging from convict role-plays through to life on a pastoral property in the early 20th century.

Lanyon Homestead

Tharwa Dr Tharwa ACT
Tel: 6235 5677

Group bookings are essential.
Please contact the Booking Officer: (02) 6207 9943 or fax a completed
School Booking Enquiry Form to: (02) 6207 5010
Cost: $6.50 per student $9 per students for a double program
Teachers and supervisors are free of charge

Transport and Parking

Travel south on Tharwa Drive until you see sinage and a right turn to Lanyon Homestead. Follow the dirt road to the homestead car park. All cars and buses are required to park in the designated parking area. There is a short walk from the parking area to the homestead.

Map: How to get to Lanyon

What's On

James’ Diary

James’ Diary


It is 1859 and James Cunningham has just moved into the newly-built homestead. Tour the homestead in the footsteps of James and his friend, Thomas. Peek at the contents of James’ bedroom, enjoy a special treat in the kitchen and explore the garden...

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Child’s Play

Child’s Play


What games would James and Thomas have played at Lanyon? Explore the world of old-fashioned games and Victorian paper dolls. Make your own paper doll, dressed in period clothing. This program is a perfect match for James’ Diary and will allow your students to spend the whole day in the historic Lanyon precinct...

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Spit and Polish

Spit and Polish


Students will have to roll up their sleeves and get to work as they experience servant life at Lanyon. As Lanyon servants they will take part in daily chores and the annual spring clean - polishing the French doors, beating rugs, raking the gravel and washing clothes...

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Convicts

Convicts


Learn about the lives of convicts the hard way! Students will take on the identity of a real Lanyon convict in this action-packed recreation of convict daily life. The convicts will cart water, build sheep pens, organise the week’s rations and any other tasks the master requires. Expect to get dirty – rain, hail or shine...

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Who Were the Convicts?

Who Were the Convicts?


This program poses questions about the Lanyon convicts and encourages students to find out who the convicts really were. How old were they? What crimes did they commit and how did they behave once they arrived at Lanyon? Students will explore a convict-built barn and decide whether they would have served their sentence or bolted for the hills....

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