Gold rush: level 1

TLF ID L702

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 to the discovery of gold. Look at an illustrated timeline to find out how the gold rush led to a boom in the Australian economy and rural development. This learning object is the simplest in a series of two learning objects that differ in complexity of navigation and basic calculations.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students recognise that gold was discovered in many parts of Australia between 1850 and 1900.
  • Students recognise the importance of the Gold Rush era in shaping Australia's population during the mid to late 1800s.
  • Students understand that the Gold Rush era introduced new skills into Australia and caused a boom in the economy and population growth.
Educational value
  • Illustrates the impact of the Gold Rush on late 19th-century Australia's population growth, ethnic make-up and economic prosperity, and on Australia's Indigenous peoples.
  • Simulates the life and hardships of a miner on the Victorian goldfields.
  • Provides timelines of the gold rush period marking key dates, events and gold mining towns, and a world map showing the gold rush routes.
  • Features a currency converter to help students to trade in the currency of the 19th century.
  • Underlines the egalitarian spirit of the era and the impact of the Eureka uprising on democracy in Australia.
  • Features a child mentor character to engage interest.
  • Includes authentic sound effects and music of the Gold Rush era.
  • Features authentic photographic images of mining life and legal documents.
  • Rewards task completion with a printable mining permit including the student's name.
Year level

3; 4

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment;
  • history
Strand
  • Studies of society and environment/Time, continuity and change
  • History/Historical knowledge and understandings
Concept
  • Studies of society and environment/Australian history
  • Studies of society and environment/Social impact
  • Studies of society and environment/Migrants
  • Studies of society and environment/Population distribution
  • Studies of society and environment/Economic impact
Skill
  • Analysis;
  • Application;
  • Comprehension;
  • Knowledge
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Games;
  • Experiment;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

Contributors
  • Subject matter expert
  • Technical implementer
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 17 Sep 2012
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
Learning resource type
  • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
Browsers
  • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android Browser
  • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
  • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
  • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
  • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
Operating systems
  • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
  • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
  • ios - minimum version: 9+
  • android - minimum version: 5+
Rights
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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