Peninsula Farm

On Thursday 1st June we went on an excursion to Peninsula Far,.

Peninsula Farm was home to Joseph and Ann Hardy who arrived on the ship Tranby in 1830. Peninsula Farm was one of the first farms established in the Swan River Colony. The house has an attic, dry store, cellar, bedrooms, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and laundry. It is believed to be the oldest standing residence in metropolitan Perth.

Joseph and Ann Hardy raised six children at Peninsula Farm, 5 girls and 1 boy. The farm that supported the family produced a variety of grains, vegetables and vines. We were lucky to see the lemon, oak and Olive trees that still remain.

We were showed around the house, viewed some of the artefacts, played olden day games, made peg dolls and did some sketching whilst at the farm. We were showed around by some lovely ladies who explained all about the history and how things were done many, many years ago.

The children played ring toss, egg and spoon races, quoits, hopscotch, skipping and spinning tops outside whilst taking in the lovely view of the swan river.  All of the children took part and enjoyed taking turns to have a go at these new games. It was great to see some of the visible learner qualities displayed while they persevered when learning to jump the skipping rope, communicate with each other while paying the games and ask for clarification of the rules as most of these games were unfamiliar to them.

I was very proud of each and every student and feel they all gained a better understanding of what it was like to live in the past compared to the present.

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