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Urrbrae House
Waite Campus
SA 5064

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The Urrbrae House Schools' Program

Activities and Worksheets


The activities and worksheets in our Schools Program Worksheet Kit are designed as an additional resource for teachers to use at school in conjunction with a visit to Urrbrae House.

The Victorian Peg Doll and Thaumatrope are also great rainy day activities for parents to occupy children!

Please download our | Schools Worksheet Kit

or see our individual downloads below


Copperplate Handwriting | A simple exercise sheet which teaches students how to write in a Tradtional Copperplate cursive style.


Matilda Waite Arrives in Adelaide | A comprehension and creative writing worksheet which teaches the history of Matilda Waite. Students are then asked to write a diary as if they are Matilda Waite coming to Adelaide, Australia on the "City of Adelaide" clipper ship in 1864.


Who are you? | a worksheet designed to encourage students to think about how life was in 1890 and how life would have been as one of the Waite children. Students are asked to answer questions about who they are in the present and asked the same questions as if they are one of the Waite children.


Money in 1892 | A worksheet for students which introduces and asks questions about the Pound Sterling Standard form of currency which was adopted from Britain and used in Australia in Victorian times.


Make a Victorian Peg Doll | An arts and craft project for children of most ages, Peg Dolls are easy to make and were very popular in the Victorian era.


Make your own Thaumatrope | An arts and craft project for children, a thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a different yet combining picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to persistence of vision. Examples include a vase with flowers or a bird in a cage.

Interactive Schools Program

Step back into 1892!

Schools Program - On the Croquet Lawns

The Guests of Mr and Mrs Waite play Croquet on the lawns (indoor activites in inclement weather)

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learn the traditions of laundry soap

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prepare morning tea

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and see an 1890s washing machine in use

School Room

School Children are instructed by a governess in copperplate writing using inkwells and nib pens

Schools Program