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Chinese migration

Learn the history of Chinese migration to Australia in the 1800s, and hear the story of Captain John Egge, entrepeneur and business owner. Can you think of some other notable migrants and the contributions they made to Australia?

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Big Brother: youth migration

From 1911 until 1967, Australian governments sponsored migration schemes for young Britons eager to work as farm labourers and domestic workers in Australia. This clip focuses on the Big Brother Movement. As you watch it, see how the boys were chosen. Find out about the types of jobs they undertook and some of the problems ...

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Migration to Australia in the 1800s

This sequence of five activities examines the reasons why people, especially women migrated to Australia. Using the historical inquiry process and primary sources including posters, diary transcripts, a water colour painting and sketches, explore the challenges passengers faced during their voyage to Australia.

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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 ...

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Leaving Cambodia: timeline

This is a website that chronicles the development timeline of Cambodia, detailing the development of modern Cambodia, the years of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and the years since. The modern timeline contains links to the life stories of six Cambodian nationals who have migrated to Australia, with key events within the ...

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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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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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Benalla Migrant Camp

While many postwar immigrants were sent to Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre when they arrived in Australia, others lived at the smaller Benalla Migrant Camp. Like Bonegilla, Benalla is in north-east Victoria. Unlike at Bonegilla, however, many immigrants remained at Benalla for over a decade. Listen as Sabine ...

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Chinese migrants and the Gold Rush

Throughout the 1800s Chinese migrated to colonial Australia to try their luck on the goldfields. This Look to Learn activity enables you to explore what life was like for the Chinese migrants through primary sources from this period.

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The White Australia Policy

The Immigration Restriction Act of 1901 led to the restriction of non-European migration, which became known as the White Australia Policy.

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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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Cairns' Chinatown

Migrants from all over the world and from all different times helped to build Australia into the country it is today. Watch this clip as it gives examples of some of the contributions made to northern Queensland by Chinese migrants.

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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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Refugee kids: adjusting to a new culture

How can we help refugees adjust to their new life in Australia? Look at this group of teenage African refugee boys as they take part in an eight-week training course. Through a program of physically challenging activities, they learn to take positive risks and regain their ability to trust.

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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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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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From Sudan to Adelaide

Watch and listen to Veronica's story as she describes what life was like in Sudan. How does she compare it to life in Australia? How was her school in Sudan different from her school in Adelaide? What do you think Veronica's life would have been like if she had stayed in Sudan, a troubled country with constant violent conflicts?

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Italian fishermen of Woolloomooloo

Explore a small part of mid-20th-century Sydney through the lives of Italian fishermen living in Woolloomooloo. Learn how the fishermen and their families, who migrated from Italy at the end of World War I, developed a strong community. See how they adapted to their new culture while still holding onto their Mediterranean ...

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Child migrants from Britain

How did Australian immigration policy influence migration experiences? See how and why children from orphanages in Britain came to Australia after the World War II. One of the child migrants, Rose Kruger, tells how she 'volunteered' to come to Australia from Scotland in 1947, and then spent the next nine years in an orphanage ...

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Refugee analysis from The Conversation

This is a collection of 200+ articles about refugees. It includes articles about the Australian government’s refugee policy over time, policies and approaches internationally, articles on the western Europe migrant crisis of 2015, “explainers” on why refugee intake number vary across Europe, and a long-read essay by Julian ...