"Sydney Living Museums, the public identity of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, brings 12 major heritage sites alive through exhibitions, publications, events, and education."
This website contains a wealth of relevant material which is easily located and written in an accessible style for stage 2 students. There are personality profiles from the First Fleet, including Captain Arthur Phillip, Bennelong and Elizabeth Macarthur, as well as descriptions of convict life, comparisons with the modern day, and an interactive resource about convicts. As a production of Sydney Living Museums, it is a high quality resource, and would definitely complement a study of the history of the Rocks, and of the first settlement. An ICT lesson could revolve around students working in groups to discover more about a particular personality or theme from the resource list, and to report back to the rest of the class about what they found out. Students could be assessed on both HSIE and literacy outcomes, based their verbal presentation in the group, or by having them write a short profile of their topic. Another useful lesson idea could be to have the class read the article on Bennelong, his kidnapping and “usefulness” to the British, and discuss the attitudes of early settlers towards the Aboriginal people and some of the consequences of their settlement and colonisation. This could link well with a further study of the Sydney Opera House, as students could discuss the significance of the place housing one of our most revered and international architectural icons, and what the place represents to Australians in a contemporary context.