On Friday we went to Parliament House and the State Library. At 8:45am our 5 and 6 classes started walking to the platform where our train would be. Then we went on the train and started to sit in our seats. After a few stops we had got to Melbourne Central and started to go into our groups.
When we got to our groups the Amazing Race had started. The first landmark we found was a Church that was called St Francis, the second landmark we found was a cinema and arcade place, third landmark was the Melbourne Town Hall, fourth Landmark was the statue of the Burke and Wills and our fifth landmark was a fountain. Our group worked really because everyone got a turn to take a photo and to write a fact about the landmark. Everyone was helping each other looking for the street we needed to go to.
After we finished our Amazing Race we had lunch next to the Parliament and crossed the road from the theater where they were doing Matilda. After we finished our lunch we started walking up the stairs to the Parliament House. When we went up the stairs to the Parliament we had to be in a line. When we had to go through security they had to scan your bag. After that we were in the Parliament House and our tour began. The first room we went into was the Lower House. In the lower house the seats were green and the floor was green. It wasn’t that big but it looked great. Then we went into the Upper House. In here it had a lot of gold and it was the same size as the Lower House but it looked bigger. The seats was red but there wasn’t as many seats as the Lower House.
After we finished our tour around Parliament House we started walking to the State Library. When we got to the State Library the first thing we saw was Ned Kelly’s armour. From there we then saw old fashioned books, old footy cards and many books on shelves. We saw a lot of old stories that were on display and a lot pictures on the wall. We saw books on the walls but you couldn’t get to them because the doors were locked.
Then we walked back to the Parliament House and when we got there we saw Neil Angus. When we saw Neil Angus I was so excited that I started talking to him but before I started speaking to him I got a high five from him. When we had to leave I asked Neil Angus for his autograph and he said yes. After he signed my book about Parliament House I also got a photo with Neil Angus. After seeing that we had to go to back to the train station so we could go home. It was a really fun excursion as we got learn about how Parliament works and the great history within the State Library.