Life On Board

Discover the conditions early European migrants endured travelling to South Australia by boat during the 1830s.

Suitability:  Can be adapted for Years 3 – 10

German Language Program for Years 7 – 9

$6 per student (without a Port River cruise)
$8.50 per student (with a Port River cruise)

Availability:  Monday – Friday (subject to availability)

Program includes:

  • Facilitated session with an education presenter, including hands on activities (please note: the format of this session will vary according to the individual presenter and student’s year level)
  • Half hour cruise on Archie Badenoch (optional)
  • Opportunity to navigate from the top of the Port Adelaide lighthouse
  • Follow the self-guided trail to explore the museum exhibits

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.


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

As corona virus restrictions begin to ease the full range of programs listed here may not be available as we take steps to help 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.

The South Australian Maritime Museum and History Trust of South Australia acknowledges the First Nations peoples of South Australia, whose connection to country and living cultures began in time immemorial and continues to the present. We affirm our commitment to advancing reconciliation.