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Curriculum content descriptions

The history of a significant person, building, site and/or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past (ACHASSK044)

Elaborations
  • using the internet, newspapers, community information guides and local knowledge to identify and list the people and places promoted as being of historic interest in the local community
  • suggesting reasons for the location of a local landmark (for example, community building, landmark or war memorial) before searching for resources that provide an explanation
  • investigating the history of a chosen person, building, site or landmark in the local community using sources (for example, books, newspapers, oral histories, audiovisual material, digital sources, letters, photographs) and relating a story which these reveal about the past
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Local history,  Heritage,  Biographies,  Heritage buildings

Teacher resource

Forgotten heroes

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 29-page PDF about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who joined the Australian Armed Services during times of war. The education pack is introduced by background notes, and is organised in three main sections: Early Years; Primary Years; and Middle Years. Each section ...

Teacher resource

A significant local site

This unit of work focuses on the study of a significant local site, supporting the year 2 History curriculum. The Albuera Street Infant School in Tasmania is used as a case study to help students to examine a site and distinguish between past, present and future. This unit of work provides a set of learning sequences with ...

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Cooking food in the past and present

How might your family cook without electricity or gas? See what some kitchens of people from long ago looked like. Discover ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cook some food.

Teacher resource

Teaching history

This resource provides comprehensive information on good teaching practice in History education. It is suitable for pre-service teachers or experienced educators new to the discipline of History. It introduces the structure and requirements of the Australian History curriculum and includes film clip interviews with leaders ...

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Engaging in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Teaching and Learning Strategies – a practical approach to the Arts

This resource is a collection of videos which support the practical teaching and learning of Indigenous history and culture through the Arts. All of the videos presented are highlights from a two-day professional learning workshop hosted by ArtsEdge in Western Australia, where artists have explored the Australian cross-curriculum ...

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Indigenous science: Australia had ancient trade routes too

This is an article about the ancient overland trade routes of Aboriginal Australia. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha and intended mainly for teachers, it compares Aboriginal trading routes based on Dreaming pathways and songlines throughout Australia to the Silk Road and the spice trade ...

Collection

Heritage sites in Australia

This is a collection of digital curriculum resources focusing on 26 places on the National Heritage List in Australia. Some have been listed for natural values, others for historical values and still others for cultural values. Ten of the sites shown have also been inscribed on the World Heritage List for both natural and ...

Interactive resource

Primary history: presentation

These seven learning activities focus on presentation using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware) and illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers ask students to present their historical ...

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Yarra Healing: Wathaurong people

This is a video of Trevor Edwards, Chairperson of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative in Geelong, speaking about Wathaurong territory and cultural heritage. He describes: his own background as a clan member and custodian of Country; the extent of the Wathaurong people’s territory along the Victorian coastline from the ...

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Aboriginal science tools: the morah stone

This is an article about morah stones, incised grinding stones from the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland, and how they were used by the local Aboriginal peoples to process toxic starchy seeds and kernels. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha and intended mainly for teachers, it describes ...

Video

Anzac Day in Gundagai in 1920 - asset 2

This is a short excerpt from a documentary about Gundagai's welcome home for the soldiers of Gundagai and surrounding districts returning from the First World War, filmed on Anzac Day in 1920. The excerpt shows a small crowd who have gathered, possibly at Gundagai's local hospital, to watch or take part in a two-up game.

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Kakadu rock art

This is a colour photograph of Indigenous rock art in the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. At the top are representations of three Creation Ancestors known as Namondjok, Namarrgon and Barrginj. Below them is a group of men and women, decorated with stripes. The images depicted can all be clearly seen in some detail.

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Aboriginal Welcome to Country and other protocols explained

This online library of resources inlcudes a range of website links, mobile apps and organisation contacts which explore Aboriginal protocols in the Western Australian context.

Teacher resource

'In my day' and 'Stan's story': oral history - teacher resource

This resource is a professional learning package designed for pre-service teachers. It demonstrates and investigates the interrelated content, pedagogy and technology knowledge in student interpretation and creation of local oral history. The resource provides video footage of a teacher and students conducting an oral history ...

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Family walking to Anzac ceremony at Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, 1935 or 1936

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Allen family in Melbourne on ANZAC Day, 25 April, in 1935 or 1936. From the left are Walter, Ada, Perce, Mary and Heather Allen. They have watched the Anzac Day march and are walking to the ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in the King's Domain parklands adjacent to St ...

Teacher resource

Local government: town hall detective - teacher resource

This is an information sheet for teachers about the importance of town halls. It has three main elements: the first identifies what town halls were and are used for; the second gives some historical background for the town halls in five state capitals; and the third suggests that students become heritage detectives. This ...

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General Sir John Monash leading the Anzac parade, 1931

This is a black-and-white photograph of General Sir John Monash leading the parade for the 1931 Anzac Day march in Melbourne. He is mounted on a horse and is wearing his army uniform, to which numerous medals are attached. To Monash's right is another mounted soldier wearing the distinctive slouch hat of the Australian ...

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Memory Cove memorial plaque, 1802

This is the remains of the copper plaque Matthew Flinders placed at Memory Cove, near Port Lincoln, in South Australia after eight of his crew drowned there in 1802. The plaque is part of South Australia's Historical Relics Collection and is one of Australia's first non-Indigenous memorials. The plaque measures 36 cm x 32 cm.

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Ploughing match, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a ploughing competition in New South Wales between teams of two-horse single-furrow mouldboard ploughs at what is probably an agricultural show. A man on the left is observing ...

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Eucumbene diversion tunnel, 1955

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the construction of the Eucumbene diversion tunnel in the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme in 1955. Men are working on a wooden platform inside the tunnel. Wooden formwork holds concrete in place against the rock walls.