Cheerful Chores with Clementina, Bullocky Bill and On the Way to the Goldfields are unique learning experiences delivered on site at Bankfoot House, where students will discover the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Sunshine Coast.
Developed by teachers and aligned to the National Curriculum, the program focuses on the lives of the three generations who lived at Bankfoot House.
Through hands-on activities, students will discover what life was like at Bankfoot House from 1868.
Program options based on year level
- Cheerful Chores with Clementina (Foundation to Year 2)
- Bullocky Bill (Year 3 to 4)
- On the Way to the Goldfields (Year 5-6)
To book complete the request form.
The program is FREE. Council is currently reviewing our fees and charges for the upcoming financial year (2024/25) and is considering implementing a resource fee for the education program. The nominal fee proposed is $100 per day for all bookings after 1 July 2024. The curriculum-aligned education program is subsidised by the Arts and Heritage Levy.
Free bus offer
Sunshine Coast Council offers schools in the region the opportunity to receive one free bus for students to participate in the education program. The free bus offer is limited to first time school visits, to help council grow the profile of Bankfoot House. To participate, indicate on the online form. Bus seating capacity is 70.
The program is one full school day and available Mondays and Tuesdays during school term. Other days can be arranged on request.
To ensure a positive experience, the program capacity is 60 students per day and minimum four teachers/ parents (one adult to 15 students, to enable smaller group activities). Larger groups will need to be split over a couple of days.
Two toilets and one accessible toilet. Seating and port racks. Cold filtered water. Tea and coffee facilities for adults. There is also a bus bay in front of the house and a 10-space carpark at the Mary Grigor Centre.
Bankfoot House was built in 1868 and is not wheelchair accessible. Alternative activities and options are available on request.
The Mary Grigor Centre (MGC) exhibition space and activities areas are accessible, and the bulk of our programs are delivered here. The toilets and other visitor facilities are located at the MGC.
Risk assessment and safety
All program guides have a blue card and have participated in a training program. The education program takes place across the 2-acre property and is largely conducted outdoors. Visitors are advised to wear closed toe shoes and be sun smart. A risk assessment for the program is available upon request.
What to bring
Bring lunch and a water bottle.
Focuses on the life of Clementina Burgess (nee Grigor) and her role at Bankfoot House
Focuses on the life of William Smith Burgess and his role at Bankfoot House
Focuses on the lives of William and Mary Grigor and the establishment of Bankfoot House