Image What impacts has immigration had on Australia?

TLF ID M006888

In this unit of work students investigate stories of immigration and the impact migrants have had on Australian society over time. This unit of work uses the objects and displays from the National Museum of Australia's previous Horizons gallery (now replaced by the Australian Journeys gallery) and other Museum exhibitions as evidence of the effect immigration has had, and continues to have, on Australia.

Educational details

Educational value
  • The themes and topics explored in the unit of work include: a White Australia; national identity and citizenship; 'populate or perish' philosophy; and the economy and the environment. Source images are reproduced at A4 size to facilitate classroom discussion.
  • Immigration often involves social attitudes and values - that is, things that the people of a nation see as important to them. Net immigration (the excess of those arriving over those leaving) can be a major factor in increasing, stabilising or decreasing the overall population. It also is a major factor in determining future population size and shape.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • English
  • Studies of society and environment
  • Values education
  • History

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: National Museum of Australia
  • Organization: National Museum of Australia
  • Description: content provider
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
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  • Publisher
  • Person: National Museum of Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Image
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