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Curriculum content descriptions

Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated (ACHASSK136)

Elaborations
  • comparing push and pull factors that have contributed to people migrating to Australia (for example, economic migrants and political refugees) from a range of places
  • exploring individual narratives using primary sources (for example, letters, documents and historical objects), interviewing and recording an oral history, and presenting the journey and circumstances of arrival based on the sources (for example, through drama)
  • describing cultural practices related to family life, beliefs and customs of newly arrived migrant groups and comparing these with those of the communities in which they settled within Australia
  • connecting stories of migration to students’ own family histories (where appropriate)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Migration

Interactive Resource

Difference Differently: one country, many cultures

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore Australia’s cultural diversity and how it defines Australia today. It uses historical source material to look at the reasons for migration and the treatment and contribution of migrant groups to Australian society. It also explores connection to ...

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Journeys and Connections

This resource displays objects related to stories of migration to Australia. Students locate and research relevant objects in their own community and create a digital story of migration. The resource uses objects from the Australian Journeys exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

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Life on the land

This is a resource about life on the land in Australia in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It includes details about land grants allocation, the establishment of Australia's first farms, the condition of the land, the processes used to farm the land, and case studies about the early farming families in Australia. The ...

Teacher resource

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. ...

Assessment resource

Year 6 history assessment - Australia as a nation: a migration story

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 6 Australian Curriculum history achievement standard to gather evidence about how well students have demonstrated what they know, what they understand and what they can do in relation to the topic 'Australia as a Nation'. Students develop and deliver a multimodal presentation ...

Teacher resource

Journeys to Australia

This unit presents a learning sequence for Year 6 students to develop their historical inquiry skills by investigating the key immigration policies and programs Australia has implemented, identifying a range of reasons for migration, highlighting key events from post Federation to present day.

Teacher resource

Australia as a nation - race, rights and immigration

This is a unit of work about race, rights and immigration in Australia since 1900. It has four teaching and learning sequences that explore: human rights and freedoms; Australian democracy and citizenship and those who advocated for rights through the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; migration to ...

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British immigrants welcomed to Sydney

After World War II, many British families migrated to Australia in search of a better life. The Australian Government also introduced a scheme for the migration to Australia of very poor or orphaned children. Influenced by the 'White Australia policy', Australia preferred British immigrants rather than people from other ...

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New arrivals to Australia

What is it like for refugees arriving in Australia today? Here we find out about the experience of the Williams family, who fled the African nation of Liberia to seek asylum (safe haven) in Australia. They now have access to a different lifestyle and opportunities. How are they finding their first three weeks in the new country?

Interactive Resource

Harmony Day stories: iPad app

This is an iPad app about Harmony Day, celebrated in Australia on 21 March. It contains three Harmony Day stories about Renata, Kofi and Anh presented in augmented reality using a scanned copy of the Harmony Day poster. In addition there is information on Harmony Day itself; a three-level game involving matching articles ...

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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 ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Gold rush: level 2

Dig for gold on the Ballarat goldfields in 1865. Try your luck at alluvial or shaft mining. Buy a miner's permit, tools and enough supplies to last a month. Discover how hard life was on the goldfields. Explore a map showing the countries migrants left to join the gold rush in Australia. Find out which towns developed due ...

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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 ...

Interactive resource

New homes

After World War II, the Australian Government actively encouraged displaced persons to migrate from Europe. Look at a world map showing the journeys taken by two women from Europe to their new homes in Australia. Explore each woman's collection of personal belongings and links to their backgrounds: circumstances of leaving, ...

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Children and migration to Australia

This collection of digital curriculum resources is about children who migrated to Australia, either with their families or on their own, predominantly during the 20th century. Footage and photographs from the time show the children arriving in Australia and experiencing a migrant reception centre if they were with their ...

Interactive resource

The journey of the Hong Hai: design a museum exhibition

Retrace the journey of 38 refugees who escaped from Vietnam on a fishing boat in 1978. They were the first in a wave of 'boat people' to reach Australia's shores. Find out about the hardships and key events of the 51-day voyage. Collect historic objects from the trip such as a watch, guitar and binoculars. Use these objects ...

Video

Makiz Ansari and Islam

This clip is about Afghan-Australian Makiz Ansari's commitment to the Muslim faith. The first part of the clip describes how her family migrated to Australia in the 1990s when she was a child, after the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union (now Russia). The second part focuses on the profound effect of her study ...

Collection

'Bound for Botany Bay' - transportation of convicts to New South Wales

This is a collection of 11 digital curriculum resources focusing on the transportation of convicts to the colony of New South Wales. The collection is organised into four categories - the hulks; the First Fleet; the colony's penal stations; and items forming part of the uniforms believed to have been worn by convicts in ...

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British migration to Australia in the 20th century

This is a collection of digital curriculum resources focusing on British immigration to Australia from the 1920s to the 1960s. It is organised into five categories - British migration in the interwar years; British migration after the Second World War; British migration in the 1950s; British migration in the 1960s; and ...

Teacher resource

Making Australia home - unit of work

Examining a variety of sources and individual stories, students develop understandings of why people have journeyed to Australia, the experiences of these journeys and the challenges and opportunities that life in Australia has presented to the people who have immigrated to Australia. Class discussions, small group ICT ...

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What impacts has immigration had on Australia?

In this unit of work students investigate stories of immigration and the impact migrants have had on Australian society over time. This unit of work uses the objects and displays from the National Museum of Australia's previous Horizons gallery (now replaced by the Australian Journeys gallery) and other Museum exhibitions ...