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Learning objects This house: settling in Ballarat

TLF ID L2706

Explore the life stories of a range of people who lived in a house in Ballarat between 1857 and 2000. Find out where they came from, how they got to Victoria and what they brought with them. Find clues to match objects with their original owners from Scotland, Germany, Greece and India. Answer questions about each of the people to understand why they moved to Ballarat. This learning object is one in a series of eight objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students investigate the stories of individuals and groups of people who moved to Australia.
  • Students describe a range of effects that migration has on people.
  • Students identify strategies migrants use to maintain links with the past.
Educational value
  • Describes how migrants have adapted to life in Australia and maintained links with their original culture.
  • Illustrates artefacts associated with migrants from a range of countries.
  • Includes graphics contrasting architectural styles and interior decorations between 1857 and 2000.
  • Illustrates a range of experiences and attitudes using fictional characters.
  • Encourages students to explore, synthesise and interpret information from a range of sources.
  • Provides a printable worksheet with key graphics and questions to help students summarise and interpret migrants' experiences.
Year level

3; 4

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment;
  • history
  • History/Historical skills
    • Studies of society and environment/Social change
    • Studies of society and environment/Social impact
    • Studies of society and environment/Timelines
    • Studies of society and environment/Migrants
    • Studies of society and environment/Identity
    • Studies of society and environment/Individual characteristics
    • Studies of society and environment/International context
    • Studies of society and environment/Cultural background
    • Studies of society and environment/Cultural differences
    • Studies of society and environment/Cultural pluralism
    • Studies of society and environment/Australian history
    • Studies of society and environment/Biography
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis;
    • Synthesis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Comprehension activity
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Ian Lowe
    • Address: Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.