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Video Understanding the past

TLF ID M016279

In this resource Thomas Keneally addresses the importance of understanding Australia’s past with particular emphasis on Australia’s strong tradition of democratic action and democratic institutions.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource's subject matter relates to Year 5 The Australian Colonies, The nature of convict or colonial presence, The impact of a significant development or event on a colony; Year 6 Australia as a nation - experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship. Useful for learning historical skills through interviews with popular writers of history in Year 9 and Year 10. Historical skills include: Perspectives and interpretations, where students identify and analyse different historical interpretations. Also useful for Senior Modern History Skills where students evaluate historical interpretations, develop texts, communicate historical understanding.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • English
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • History

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  • Contributor
  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Description: Data contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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  • Video
  • © State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2013.