Ayers House Museum

Daring and Dancing

Daring and Dancing

Daring and Dancing


Year: Level 5

Duration: 90-120 minutes


It is 1880 and a group of children newly arrived to the colony visit Ayers House hoping to find the Ayers children at home. The Ayers children are not home, however their governess asks them to stay. She does this in order to find out if these children have the requisite attributes and skills that will serve them well in the colony. In the course of their visit they will show they can sing, dance, read with expression, play fairly and write with a fair hand. Will they be found fit to call?



Activities: Dancing, elocution, recitation, singing games, penmanship and etiquette.

Numbers: 1 class, approximately 30 students (2 classes may combine their visit with a supported self-guided walk).

Curriculum Context: History
The year 5 curriculum provides a study of colonial Australia in the 1800’s. Students look at the founding of British colonies. They learn what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period.

Location: Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000.

Public transport information: Train to Adelaide Railway Station or us to I2 (or Royal Adelaide Hospital) North Terrace.

Cost: $7 per student.

Available days/times: Tuesday-Thursday mornings.

Booking information: Victoria Hardy, learning@nullnationaltrustsa.org.au or (08) 8223 1234.