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History / Year 10 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

The contribution of migration to Australia’s changing identity as a nation and to its international relationships (ACDSEH147)

Elaborations
  • investigating policies of multiculturalism since the 1970s and the concepts of cultural heritage and assimilation
  • analysing post-World War II population growth and the development of Australia’s culturally diverse society using different types of graphs
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Australian culture,  National identity,  International relations,  Migration

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Australian History Timeline

This is a multilayered website featuring an interactive historical timeline of Australia divided into decades post 1770s, as well as a section on pre 1770s Indigenous and non-Indigenous history. The home page is made of images and timeline dates that hyperlink to further information on each decade. Each decade has links ...

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An immigration nation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull once described Australia as an 'immigration nation'. What do you think he meant by that? Do you agree? |Watch four very different people speak about their experiences as first- and second-generation migrants. What were some reasons they or their parents migrated to Australia?

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Migrants Enriching Australia

This is a rich collection of stories that focuses on the life experiences of two individuals, one of Greek heritage and one of Polish heritage, who immigrated and settled in Victoria post World War II. The resource explores how these people shared their cultural heritage and how this enriched Australian life at this time. ...

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Objects through timeline: 50,000 years before present

This is a 26-page fact sheet that provides a comprehensive overview of migration to Australia from the first arrival of humans to 2006. It includes details about the major waves of international and internal migration, key events and policies, and individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the development ...

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Families of fortune

This is a video clip in which Chinese migrants and their descendants share their personal stories about life in Australia, particularly in the Tweed area of NSW. The video comprises three interviews: with Noelene Johnston about her father Wing Yuen Lee, a Chinese herbalist; with the Tong family about life in Brisbane and ...

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Digital stories of Immigration

This is a rich collection of digital stories about people who have immigrated to Victoria. The resource is presented in three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are 21 Story Objects that include images, videos, links, information, interviews and transcripts. There are ...

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A view of Australia's identity and immigration

How have the convict era and immigration influenced Australia's view of itself? In this clip from an audio interview, journalist Geraldine Doogue interviews historian John Hirst. They discuss his views about convict heritage, national character, the White Australia policy, racism, and recent immigration, refugee and and ...

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The Globalising World: Changing policies and Australian identity

This is a unit of work about migration to Australia from 1945. It has a particular focus on how migration has shaped Australia as a nation over time. It has four teaching and learning sequences that explore: changes to Australia’s immigration policies including the dismantling of the White Australia Policy; reasons for ...

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Welcome to Bonegilla Migrant Camp

Following World War II, the Australian government was eager to increase the country’s population. The war reminded Australians that their small population would not withstand an enemy invasion. Further, a larger workforce was needed to develop the postwar economy. European people, many displaced by the war and the spread ...

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Generational change for Italian migrants

What would it be like to start life in a new country without much knowledge of the language or culture? The clip shows the strength of the cultural traditions that Onsonato Galluzzo and his wife brought with them from Italy. See how the older family members maintain their Italian heritage and the younger generation adapt ...

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Life on the land for Italian migrants

Imagine leaving your family behind for years while you set yourself up in a new country. This was the life for many Europeans who migrated to Australia. The clip explores life for the Galluzzo family, Italians who came to live in semi-rural areas around Sydney in the 1950s.

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Meet the Fremantle Port Hostesses

In the 1960s, Marie Novak and Pauline Noble worked for the Fremantle Port Authority as hostesses, welcoming new migrants who arrived by ship. Why were hostesses needed? How do Marie and Pauline describe their time as hostesses? Compare the migration experiences of Marie's and Pauline's families. How did their backgrounds ...

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Chinese Australians and the Moon Festival, 1978

How have the cultural traditions of people from Asia enriched Australian society? The Moon Festival is one such tradition. In this clip from 1978, an ABC reporter visits Dixon Street in Sydney's Chinatown to discover what this celebration means to Chinese Australians and the wider community.

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Sikhs become part of the Woolgoolga community

How does a large increase in the number of migrants to a town affect the local people? In this clip from 1984, the head priest of the Sikh temple talks about the contributions that the Sikh migrants have made to the town of Woolgoolga since their arrival.

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Sikh women make Woolgoolga their home

Discover how life has changed, and stayed the same, for Sikh women who migrated to northern New South Wales' Banana Coast after World War 2. Woolgoolga might be a long way from India, but Sikh women were determined to maintain their traditional way of life in their new home.

Teacher resource

Diversity, identity and Australian culture

This teaching resource focuses on immigration and settlement patterns in Australia. It explores the migration experience, and the impact that immigrants from diverse cultural backgrounds have had on Australian society and its changing identity.

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Three generations of Pine Creek Ah Toys

Many Chinese migrants arrived in Australia in the late 1880s during the gold rush. Follow the story of one Chinese migrant and three generations of his descendants in Australia's Top End.

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A new home on Australia Day

Why do people choose to become Australian citizens? What is it about Australia that makes it a sought-after destination for thousands of migrants every year? In this clip from ABC News, listen to the suggestions of two leading politicians and discover the weird and wonderful racing events that are staged around the country.

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Bonegilla Migrant Camp

This is a multilayered webpage produced by the National Film and Sound Archive with an embedded 4 minute documentary on the cultural significance of the Bonegilla Migrant Camp in post- World War II migration. This video contains archival footage of camp life in the 1950s as well as interviews with people who lived there. ...

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A flying start in Afghanistan

What could possibly inspire a child born in war-torn Afghanistan to become the Young Australian of the Year? Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, describes members of his Afghan family and their influence on his life. This audio clip from Radio National's Conversations with Richard Fidler is the first in ...