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SOSE Year 7 Module

This educational module is designed to fit in with the Year 7 study of Australian history. It provides a good opportunity to focus on Queensland colonial life and Brisbane history in particular. A number of key historical figures and events have links to Old Government House, and the building itself is a revealing artefact of life in the late nineteenth century.

For these reasons, a study of Old Government House also provides a window into a very significant era in Australia's past. In visiting the museum, students will learn much about colonial Queensland. They are encouraged to consider the class system of days of old – what was daily life like for a maid, compared to the Governor's wife? They are asked to reflect on the many technological innovations that make modern life so comfortable – how did the House run without piped water or electricity? They are asked to consider how Queensland's climate would have affected the design of the building – what features have been incorporated to accommodate heat and humidity? Students should also examine the cultural meanings of “heritage” – why is it important to preserve historical material? Old Government House and its place in Australian history provides an excellent opportunity for SOSE Essential Learnings to be met (Queensland Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Framework).