The Australian Colonies

The Year 5 curriculum provides a study of colonial Australia in the 1800s. Students look at the founding of British colonies and the development of a colony. They learn about what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period. They examine significant events and people, political and economic developments, social structures, and settlement patterns...
These concepts may be investigated within a particular historical context to facilitate an understanding of the past and to provide a focus for historical inquiries.

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Australian Dictionary of Biography

Macmillan publishers have an excellent series Stories from Australia's History, by Melanie Guile, telling the stories of explorers and famous achievers in graphic novel form. Titles include "Mary Mackillop" and "Eyre's Expedition Across the Nullarbor". They have proved to be good motivators at this year level.

The Founding of the Colonies

Important Developments or Events

Convict or Colonial presence

The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony; for example, explorers, farmers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, humanitarians, religious and political leaders, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Famous people in Colonial Australia

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