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Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

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The Australian Colonies: gold

This inquiry-based unit presents students with a range of visual primary sources to spark curiosity about life in the 1800s. Each activity introduces a new concept related to the Australian Gold Rushes.

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Repat and Rabbits: WW1 soldier settlement in the ACT

This site provides a collection of documents, guides and information to support research on the Australia's Soldier Settlement Scheme that was implemented the end of World War 1. Soldier Settlement Schemes were established in all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), now the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). ...

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Ancient China: geography

This is a rich online resource about the geography of China. It consists of four sections: a Geography section that summarises China's geographical features; a Story section that features myths about Nu Gua, the creator of humans; an Explore section that includes maps of ancient China; and a Challenge section where the ...

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Bombs Away: The Tuggeranong Bombing Range

This site provides a collection of primary source documents, guides and information to support research on the local history of Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory. 'Bombs Away' provides a brief history of the establishment of a live bombing range within the Territory in 1940 and local opposition to its creation. ...

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John Thomson's China III: illustrations of China and its people, photo albums, 1873-74 - albums and galleries

This is a collection showing the contents of all four volumes of 'Illustrations of China and its people' by Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921). The volumes present 200 of the photographs he took when travelling throughout China between 1868 and 1872, and include the introduction and captions he prepared for ...

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Ancient Egypt

This is an online interactive resource about ancient Egypt developed by the British Museum. The resource has ten sections: Egyptian life; geography; gods and goddesses; mummification; pharaoh; pyramids; temples; time; trades; and writing. Each section contains three elements: 'Story', 'Explore' and 'Challenge'. The 'Challenge' ...

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Bound for South Australia 1836

This is a website rich in primary and secondary sources tracing the voyages of nine ships from Britain bound for the newly created province of South Australia between February and December 1836, and the experiences of those on board. The website contains extensive historical background, information about a range of topics ...

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How do we know about the Vikings?

This resource is about the Viking people and how we know about them. It describes all the known sources for the Vikings including physical evidence such as runestones and coins, and written evidence such as sagas, skaldic verses, monastic chronicles and letters. Place-names, language and DNA analysis are other sources of ...

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Old Government House Parramatta virtual tour

This resource is about exploring Governor Macquarie’s preferred residence while learning more about the early colony through this virtual tour of Old Government House at Parramatta.

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Imagining ancient Rome

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 7 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. This unit of inquiry allows students to explore how life in ...

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The Industrial Revolution

This unit of work focuses on the depth study, The Industrial Revolution (1750-1914), in the year 9 History curriculum. A series of learning sequences containing themes and discussion points address technological innovation, daily life, population movement and the long-term impact of the industrial revolution. PDF resources ...

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The history in the journey

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about telling the history of Australia using the journeys of people who lived it.

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First Fleet

This unit of work focuses on one area of the year 4 History curriculum, the journey of the First Fleet. It provides context, resources and a narrative of the period leading up to the departure of the First Fleet, information about the British criminal justice system, and accounts of the journey and the experiences of the ...

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The Opium War in Japanese eyes: an illustrated 1849 'story from overseas'

This is a collection of online materials about how the First Opium War, fought between Britain and China in 1839-42, was presented to a Japanese audience by the samurai scholar Mineta Fūkō in two books dating from 1849. The books are 'Kaigai shinwa' ('New stories from overseas') and 'Kaigai shinwa shūi' ('Gleanings from ...

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Year 9 history assessment - World War I: Anzac legend

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 9 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 for the depth study 'World War I'. Students research Australia’s involvement in World War I and the ...

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Activity: energy then and now

This is a web resource about changes in energy use over time that provides a student activity and a detailed teacher guide. The activity requires the student to record the types and numbers of electrical appliances used at home, interview an older person about appliances they used when growing up and any alternatives used, ...

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Face2Face: Thomas Keneally

This resource is an interview with Thomas Keneally on his book, 'Australians: Origins to Eureka'.

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John Thomson's China I: illustrations of China and its people, photo albums, 1873-74 - essay by Allen Hockley

This is a collection of online materials focusing on the photographs taken by Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) during his travels throughout China from 1868 to 1872. The materials centre on a richly illustrated essay by Allen Hockley about Thomson and his views of China. Linked to various sections of the essay ...

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Vikings: the north Atlantic saga - online exhibition

This is an online exhibition rich in historical information, animations and source material about the Vikings in general and their westward expansion in particular. The exhibition, developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, contains three elements, two intended for students and one for teachers. ...