Visiting the South Australian Maritime Museum: a guide for teachers

This Guide has been created for teachers, to help plan their visit to the museum, and provide some ideas for classroom activities before and after a class visit.

There are lots of great resources and activities that can be explored in the classroom, even if you can’t make it to the museum in person.

Download the pdf booklet here:

Visiting SAMM- a Guide for Teachers

Encounters

A facilitated 60-minute workshop in which students explores early maritime encounters and how various groups including Aboriginal people, European navigators, and Macassan fishermen engaged and interacted. It unpacks the story of the first European settlers to NSW in 1788 and the famous meeting between British navigator Matthew Flinders and French explorer Nicolas Baudin off our southern shores in 1802.

This is a new program that incorporates key elements from two of our most popular programs – Explorers and First Fleet—with a particular focus on the experiences and perspectives of First Nations people.

Suitability: Can be adapted for Years 3 – 5

Cost: $6 per student (teachers and adults are free within a 1:5 ratio)

Availability: Monday – Friday (subject to availability)

Program provides students with an opportunity to explore:

  • Why ships sailed across the seas to faraway places;
  • How they navigated their way;
  • Who they encountered on their way;
  • Who and what was on board;
  • What the conditions were like on the ships; and
  • What impact they had on the people that have lived on this continent forever.

Australian Curriculum: History

Historical skills, knowledge, understanding, discovery, exploration, maritime history, colonisation, cause and effect, perspectives, significance and life at sea

Year 3:

Who lived here first and how do we know?

Year 4:

What was life like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?

Why did the Europeans settle in Australia? Who travelled to Australia? What were their experiences following arrival?

What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

Year 5:

What were the reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and what were the experiences and contribution of a particular migrant group within a colony?

 

Play the Encounters Kahoot! quiz here!

 

For further information and bookings please phone 8207 6255.

The History Trust’s South Australian Maritime Museum is committed to keeping our visitors, our people and our volunteers safe.

As coronavirus restrictions begin to ease, our full range of education programs will return. In the meantime, we are doing everything we can to keep you and other visitors COVIDSafe. Please continue to contact us with education inquiries and stay in touch to find out about our digital education programs as they develop.

Life On Board

This program asks students to consider the experience of life on board for migrants voyaging by ship from England to South Australia in 1836; Where did they sleep, what did they eat and drink, how did they cope with illness on board, and how did they while away the long days on deck? We also explore the changing motivations for migrating over time and the evolution of sea travel from sailing ships through to steam and modern cruise liners.

Suitability: Can be adapted for Years 4 – 6

Cost: $6 per student (teachers and adults are free within a 1:5 ratio)

Availability: Monday – Friday (subject to availability)

Program includes:

  • Participation in a workshop to learn about the living conditions faced by migrants voyaging by ship from England.
  • Understanding and identifying the reason people migrate.
  • Investigate and understand the evolution of sea travel from sailing ships through to steam and modern cruise liners.
  • Take part a range of deck games that passengers may have played to pass the time onboard.

Teacher Resources:

Please print the following resources for your visit:

Australian Curriculum: History

Historical skills, knowledge, and understanding

Year 4:

Locate relevant information from sources provided.

Identify different points of view.

Year 5:

The reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony.

Year 6:

Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia and the reasons they migrated.

 

Play the Life on Board Kahoot! quiz here! 

 

The History Trust’s South Australian Maritime Museum is committed to keeping our visitors, our people and our volunteers safe.

As coronavirus restrictions begin to ease, our full range of education programs will return. In the meantime, we are doing everything we can to keep you and other visitors COVIDSafe. Please continue to contact us with education inquiries and stay in touch to find out about our digital education programs as they develop.

How can my students learn through the SA Maritime Museum?

How can my students learn through the SA Maritime Museum?

  • Visit the SA Maritime Museum at the beginning, middle or end of a learning program to stimulate, inform or consolidate the learning process for your students.
  • A visit to the SA Maritime Museum can include a range of experiences in the Bond Store, a lighthouse climb, and Port River cruise.
  • Book your students into one of the education programs; participate in professional development or special events. Information about these programs can be found on the website.
  • Contact the Education Manager at the SA Maritime Museum for assistance in planning your museum visit and other learning experiences. The Education Manager can support you in accessing relevant resources for your learning program and in planning appropriate strategies to support all learners.
  • Please take the time to read our Frequently Asked Questions to ensure your visit is a successful experience for your students.

Contact the Museum for more information:
Phone (08) 8207 6255 or email maritime@history.sa.gov.au

Consider the wider Port Adelaide precinct when planning your learning experiences.

Active II

*The ketch is currently closed due to COVID19 restrictions. Please check back here for any updates*
A favourite for every visitor is the replica ketch Active II. Built by shipwright Bill Porter and rigged by sailmaker Don Lucas in 1986, it fills our entrance gallery. The first Active was built in 1873 and worked the coast until 1959.

The ketch trade could be tough. The pay was poor, crews slept onboard and many fished to supplement their rations. Ketches were typically crewed by a skipper and one or two hands. Boys wanting to go to sea could gain their first experience in ketches before moving to steamships. Some chose ketches because the short voyages brought them back to their home ports each week.

Ketch hands were versatile. They were skilled in vessel handling, coastal navigation, rigging sails, mending, cooking, and cargo loading. They also stuffed the holds with sacks of grain or bales of wool weighing more than fifty kilograms. Ketch hands earned a reputation as tough, rough and ready sailors.