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Stories of the First Fleet
In this unit, students learn about the early years of European (British) settlement in Australia. They study the reasons behind the establishment of the Sydney colony, the First Fleet journey, and what life was like for the early colonists. The unit uses stories, drawings and other records from the era to teach a range of historical concepts, skills and knowledge, encouraging students to go behind the facts and consider what life was like for those who made that first game-changing journey. The focus here is on the colonists. In the next unit, this focus shifts to the Eora (Aboriginal people of Sydney).
Why did Europeans settle in Australia?
Industrial Revolution, colonist, colony, commit, convict, fleet, gaol, governor, hard labour, hulk, marine, officer, pardon, ration, sentence, settle, transportation, voyage
Ships of the First Fleet
Information on the 11 ships of The First Fleet.