Learning objects Bound for South Australia 1836: Aboriginal inhabitants

TLF ID M009428

This section of the website 'Bound for South Australia 1836' contains a brief account written by a 21st-century historian about the Aboriginal peoples connected to country that became part of the province of South Australia. The text describes the British government's efforts to protect the rights of the local people, their long-established connection to the country, contacts with white sealers and the effect of smallpox in the early 1830s. There are links in the text to information about the South Australian Colonization Commission and to a significant document, the Letters Patent.




Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is useful for history teaching and learning in years 4 and 9. It provides an introduction to studies of the nature of contact between Aboriginal people and Europeans. In year 4 the relevant content description emphasises the effects of the interactions on Aboriginal families. In year 9 the elective depth study 'Making a nation' focuses more broadly on the effects of contact (intended and unintended) between European settlers in Australia and Aboriginal peoples.
  • The text of the summary and the selection of links within the website provide students with a good starting point for thinking about the historical concepts of perspective and interpretation. Using this resource as a secondary source and investigating other sources, students can identify different points of view in the sources and analyse different interpretations of contact between Aboriginal people and colonists.
  • The resource refers to smallpox spreading down the Murray River and causing 'great loss of life'. The Ngarrindjeri people, for example, who belong to country within the Lower Murray, Lakes and Coorong areas, were ravaged by two smallpox epidemics, the more recent of which had reached them in 1830, six years before the British colonists arrived. By 1840 the Ngarrindjeri population had fallen dramatically to between 4,000 and 4,500.
Year level

9

Learning area
  • History
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Other details

Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: History Trust of South Australia
  • Organization: History Trust of South Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: SA, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.history.sa.gov.au
  • Name: South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services
  • Organization: South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: SA, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: Vic, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
  • Name: South Australian Maritime Museum collection
  • Organization: South Australian Maritime Museum collection
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: South Australia, AUSTRALIA
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
Rights
  • Licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 Unported licence (CC BY-NC 3.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/. Metadata: © Education Services Australia Limited 2011. You may copy, communicate and adapt this material for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material.