Introduction

This online kit has been developed by the National Capital Authority. The aim is to provide primary school teachers with a curriculum-based education resource to support the story of Canberra and discover a link to the people of its past as told through Blundells Cottage. It has also been developed to symbolise Australia's heritage, values and aspirations and to promote the attributes of Canberra that are of national significance.

The kit is designed to be used in the middle to upper primary classroom prior to students visiting Blundells Cottage. In addition, it can be used alongside education resources provided by the National Capital Exhibition, Cultural Facilities Corporation, National Archives of Australia, Old Parliament House, the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, and Parliament House.

Blundells' CottageHistoric Blundells Cottage was built around 1860 and pre-dates the city of Canberra. It is significant as one of the few stone buildings of its type to have survived intact in the ACT and as a memorial to the pioneers of the Limestone Plains and Duntroon Estate. This cottage museum allows students to reflect on the way of life of a nineteenth century agricultural estate. It is located on Wendouree Drive off Constitution Avenue, Canberra.

We hope you and your students embrace the story of Blundells Cottage and the families who lived there, and welcome its link with the past into your classroom.