History / Year 8 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

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The role and achievements of significant individuals such as Lucrezia Borgia, Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli (ACDSEH058)

Elaborations
  • investigating the achievements of Galileo (for example, improvements in the telescope and his astronomical observations)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Renaissance,  Italian history,  Significant people

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Systems of Exchange and Trade

This short (4 minute) video offers an overview of the history of world trade, focusing on the beginnings during the time of agrarian civilisations. The four great civilisations of the Romans, the Kushans, the Parthians and the Han Chinese were the key players, with their development of roads, ports and coin systems. The ...

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Making a difference: Vincent Lingiari

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Vincent Lingiari. Trace his story, including the leadership of the Wave Hill walk-off and the struggle for land rights. Consider the hardship endured by Indigenous peoples living on Wave Hill cattle station. Investigate barriers Lingiari ...

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A wire through the heart

This is a multi-layered website produced by the National Sound and Film Archive about the building of a telegraph line across the continent that linked Australia to the world. The website utilises clips and information from the film 'A wire through the heart'. There are sections on the film; chronology; people; linking ...

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Why did civilisations expand?

This short video offers an overview of why civilisations expanded, by looking at the past for commonalities and patterns. The need to expand is one such pattern with massive empires growing then collapsing. Expansion was necessary to pay for increasing infrastructure, government and the military, and internal resources ...

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The Story of the Kelly Gang, 1906: Fitzpatrick incident at Mrs Kelly's homestead

This clip shows a re-enactment of the 'Fitzpatrick incident'. Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick is shown outside the Kelly homestead, where he has come to arrest Dan Kelly for horse theft. Fitzpatrick attempts to kiss Kate Kelly and, in the ensuing melee when Ned Kelly, Dan and their companions rush to her aid, Ned shoots ...

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The Story of the Kelly Gang, 1906: Ned Kelly's last stand and capture

This clip shows a re-creation of Ned Kelly's last stand. It shows bushranger Ned Kelly, dressed in armour, a long coat and helmet, with a pistol in each hand, advancing toward police, with whom he exchanges gunfire. Staggering to the ground, Kelly keeps firing until he is seized by police, who disarm him, remove his armour ...

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The Story of the Kelly Gang, 1906: Siege at Glenrowan hotel

This clip shows a re-creation of the Kelly Gang's last stand, the siege at the Glenrowan hotel. It shows members of the Kelly Gang and hostages inside the hotel, and the death of Joe Byrne. Outside, troopers (police officers) fire at the hotel. The priest, Father Gibney, implores them not to set fire to the building, as ...

Interactive Resource

Charles Darwin - The Australian Connection

This is a multilayered website about Charles Darwin and his important scientific expedition aboard the HMS Begale that included a visit to Australia. The website has interactive sections on Darwin’s journey, understanding weather, using longitude, evolution timeline, and coral reefs. The home page has a series of short ...