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Syllabus Bites: Explore a source

This resource is a webpage with information, study guide and resources on the process of analysing and evaluating historical sources to support Stage 3, 4 and 5 HSIE and the Australian Curriculum: History.

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Debates that shaped the nation - teacher resource

This is a teacher resource about the debates at the Federation conventions of the 1890s compared to those at the constitutional conventions of the 1990s. The activities suggested in the resource emphasise the historical inquiry process, beginning with students asking focus questions about the issues discussed at the conventions, ...

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The world's oldest mummies

Where are the world's oldest mummies found? Follow the work of Chris Carter in Chile's Atacama Desert, as he documents the culture of the ancient Chinchorro people. This clip shows artefacts and mummified remains lying in the dry sand as the archeologists catalogue their findings.

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Outback House - accommodation on the station

Imagine leaving home to travel back to a time over 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work like a real station of the 1860s. Take a look at the buildings that will be home to the station's residents ...

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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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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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What is the Plain of Jars?

Plain of Jars is an archaeological site in central Laos dotted with giant sandstone jars. Why and how did these jars get there? Follow some Australian archaeologists as they attempt to uncover the mysteries of the Plain of Jars using a range of methods. What did they discover about the jars that was surprising? How do they ...

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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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Hunt the ancestor

This is an interactive game about an archaeological dig or quest. The object is to find an ancient burial site and protect it from being destroyed by local quarry owners who want to extract chalk from the field. Students are given an amount of money and have to locate where the burial site is using a variety of research ...

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'Forgotten Australians' and 'Lost Innocents'

Who are the 'Forgotten Australians' and the 'Lost Innocents' and why did they receive a National Apology from Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 16 November 2009? Find out about the experiences of around half a million children who lived in care, including many young children who were sent alone to Australia between ...

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Lisa Forrest Masterclass

This resource is a student interview with Lisa Forrest, ex Olympian, author and journalist. She analyses her book 'Boycott' about the controversial 1980 Moscow Boycott Olympics.

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Year 2 history assessment - Investigating changes in technology: The past in the present

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 2 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 'The Past in the Present'. Children compare sources from the past and the present ...

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Sites2See: Explore the Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie Archive

This resource consists of selected links to the Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie Archive (LEMA) with research suggestions, syllabus advice and supporting activities, including a virtual tour of Old Government House, Parramatta. The LEMA Project provides material for the historical investigation of the lives and times of ...

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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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Reflections on ending the White Australia policy

Why was the abolition of the White Australia policy so important? Steps taken by the Whitlam Labor government in 1973 signalled the end of the legislation behind the policy. Find out which event first led to the new multiracial policy being put into practice. In this clip, you will hear from former prime ministers and ministers ...

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The use of images

In this resource Thomas Keneally reveals his reasons for choosing the images in 'Australians: Origins to Eureka'.

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Telling the truth in history

In this resource Thomas Keneally addresses the issue of fictionalising history and the difference between novels and histories.

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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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Belonging

In this resource Thomas Keneally addresses the issues of belonging and of marginalised peoples.

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Thomas Keneally – more resources on Thomas Keneally

This resource is a page with web links to interviews, articles and book reviews. PDF