Learning from the Early Settlers

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Our Year 5s are currently learning about the first settlers of the Swan River Colony. The girls visited Peninsula Farm and the East Perth Cemetery to learn first hand what the settlers went through.

Year 5 teacher Amber Price said, “The girls have been learning all about the first settlers and important people who helped shape Perth to be the city we know it as today.”  The cemetery is full of the graves of significant people, many with last names we are familiar with today such as Stirling, Bibra, Shenton and Monger. At Peninsula Farm, the students looked through the home of the Hardy family and learned how to weigh out rations and collect water from the well.”

“I’ve enjoyed learning about the past because I didn’t know how they lived and how different it was to how we live now.”
Elizabeth Harris (Class 5.5)

“It surprised me how many people drowned back in those days. They used the river a lot for transport and to move belongings, so it must’ve been easy to fall in and they weren’t taught how to swim like we are.” Isabella Reddan (Class 5.3)

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