5 - 6
The Australian Colonies
Migration to the Australian Colonies
Students examine early migration and will identify the reasons why people migrated to Australia in the 1800s (for example the consequences of the Irish potato famine and the Industrial Revolution). They will investigate the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony (for example the Afghan cameleers and Chinese miners) and connect, where appropriate, stories of migration to their own family histories.
Students will conduct an historical inquiry, use critical and visual thinking routines and develop their independent and collaborative study skills.
What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
How did an Australian Colony change over time and why?
afghan cameleers, bounty settlers, chinese miners, colonies, convicts, emigrant, forced migrants, free settlers, immigrant, indentured labourers, migration, penal colony, push and pull factors, racism, stereotyping
Pacific Islander migration
Pacific Islanders in Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands.