Blundells Cottage - Handy Hints for Group Tours
Key information that will be conveyed during visit
- The Blundells lived a pre-electric lifestyle that was quite different from the lifestyle with which today's children are familiar.
- The Blundells were a real family who lived in the cottage and used, in their everyday life, objects such as those in the collection.
- Limited access to commercial outlets meant that self sufficiency and 'making do' was essential.
- The area that today's children know as the centre of Canberra was once a rural landscape. This changed when the site was chosen for the national capital of Australia.
- Many resources, such as building materials, came from the local environment.
- The Blundell family was linked via work, physical location and lifestyle to other parts of early Canberra life (Duntroon, St John's Church and school, other cottages).
- The cottage was once part of a larger rural collection of outbuildings, haystacks, animals and farm equipment.
Buses should park along Wendouree Drive as there are no specific bus spaces. The safest option is to stop at the brown wooden 'Blundells Cottage' sign and let the children off. Buses will need to go to the end of Wendouree Drive to turn in the turning circle before returning to collect the children.
When You Arrive
Approach the front of the cottage along a stone path. Children should remove their bags and be seated on the front lawn. In wet weather children can gather on the verandah.
Teachers can alert the staff member at the cottage that their group has arrived.
A brief introduction to the history of the cottage will be given on the front lawn. Then the class will need to be divided into groups of ten. Each group will be taken through the rooms of the house with a different guide. The tour will last approximately 40 minutes, making the total time on site about an hour.
For each group of ten students, one adult supervisor (teacher or parent) will be needed to accompany that group at all times.
- Next to the cottage is a small car-park, which includes a disabled parking space. The cottage has a compost toilet which may be used by the public and there are other toilet facilities in Kings Park, a short walk away. The cottage also has a select number of souvenirs such as books, postcards and other historically inspired items for sale.
- On arrival, bags and heavy jackets must be left on the coach (if possible) or out the front of the cottage. Students may wish to bring cameras, wallets and notebooks.
- Visitors are requested not to bring food or drink into the cottage.
- The scenic location of the cottage offers excellent opportunities to take photographs of Lake Burley Griffin, the Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet and other landmarks.
- Self-guided walking tour brochures are available from Blundells Cottage which cover Anzac Parade, Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliamentary Zone. Another brochure titled 'A Hop, Skip and Jump' would be an excellent follow-up activity, linking Blundells Cottage and St John's Schoolhouse Museum.
- Picnic tables and BBQ facilities are located nearby on Aspen Island, Kings Park.
GPO Box 373
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6272 2900
Fax: (02) 6247 1875