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Discovering democracy: Federation timeline

TLF ID L8208

Use a timeline to find information about significant events and ideas in the establishment of a federated Australia. Nominate specific years or scroll from 1788 to 1901 to see what steps were key in determining the nature of government in Australia.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students investigate key events from 1788 to 1901.
  • Students investigate the role of significant events leading to Federation in Australia.
Educational value
  • Provides a sequenced account of the development of democracy in Australia.
  • Provides succinct descriptions of key events and some of the key decisions made.
  • Shows the influence of the British system of government on Australian democracy.
  • Establishes the influence of the ‘ordinary’ citizen.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment;
  • history
  • Studies of society and environment/Civics and citizenship
  • History/Historical knowledge and understandings
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Analysis;
  • Comprehension activity;
  • Critical thinking activity
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Visual learning;
  • Resource based learning

Other details

  • Publisher
  • Technical implementer
  • Script writer
  • Organisation: Australian Heritage Projects Pty Ltd
  • Address: Fyshwick ACT 2609 Australia
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
  • Generic
Learning resource type
  • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
  • 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+
Platform requirements
  • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster.
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