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Year 6 Federation | AC History Units

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This unit presents a learning sequence for Year 6 students to develop their historical inquiry skills by investigating the key figures and events that led to Australia's Federation. Individually and as a group they will produce a range of presentation formats, narratives and descriptions of life at the time of Federation, based on evidence from their examination of historical sources


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, August 2, 2013 8:11 AM

The planning of activities has been based around a Multiple Intelligences/Bloom's Taxonomy Grid. Students may be involved in designing their own inquiry by selecting from the range of activities outlined on this grid

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Public Record Office Victoria - Archives of the State Government of Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria - Archives of the State Government of Victoria | Australian Gold Rush | Scoop.it

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Laura Aurisch's curator insight, March 23, 2013 8:04 PM

This site contains copies of original letters written by people involved in the events of the Eureka Stockade, such as Lieutenant Governor Hotham's report on “a serious riot and collision at the Ballaarat Gold Field”. As these documents are true historical artefacts, they could be used as background information before asking students to write expositions or perform debates using the different viewpoints of significant people involved in the Eureka Stockade. Perspectives from Lieutenant Governor Hotham, Police (the Native Police Corps and the British Police), Peter Lalor, and miners should be considered.

 

Another activity would involve students interpreting and rewriting the Ballarat Reform League charter in their own words so that they understand the meaning.

 

This site also has links to the Eureka Stockade timeline. A lesson plan may involve mapping the consecutive steps the miners took before accumulating enough frustration to rebel.

 

The site poses questions for consideration, such as:

What was the purpose in forming the Ballarat Reform League?

Why do you think the thirteen prisoners tried for treason were not found guilty?

Why was the meeting on Bakery Hill so significant – what did it represent to both the authorities and to the diggers?

Could the miners have avoided violence in an effort to achieve their objectives?

 

The main purpose of this site is to enable students to differentiate information based on personal perspectives of 'facts'.

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Australian History podcasts

This link will take you to podcasts by historians dealing with a range of topics and events in Australian history including Aboriginal history, the First Fleet, migration and the gold rush. Primary teachers wanting to develop their own professional knowledge about a history topic can download the podcast Australian History on iTunes. 


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Eureka Rebellion

A history assignment about the Eureka Rebellion
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Trudy Pretorius's curator insight, September 5, 2013 9:17 AM

You Tube clip with a brief run down of the Eureka Stockade the intro of Peter Lalor's political career. 

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Video: Australia's Heritage: National Treasures - Eureka Flag.

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Take a voyage of discovery with Chris Taylor as he reveals the secrets behind a fascinating mix of treasures from Australia’s National Heritage List.

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Laura Aurisch's curator insight, March 16, 2013 1:58 AM

This video is a great Stage 3 resource because it can be used as a visual and audio tool to introduce students to the Eureka Stockade, through explanation of the Eureka flag and the creation of Australia's democracy.

 

Many conflicting viewpoints exist surrounding different issues of the Eureka stockade, such as the debatable topic of whether Victoria was already on the path to democracy or whether the Eureka Stockade corrected Victoria's political course? The actor states “history tells us they lost the battle. Legend tells us they set Australia on the path to democracy”. Regardless which viewpoint is held, the Eureka Stockade battle caused political change replacing the miner's licence with the miner's right to vote.

This video could be used to lead discussion points such as

how and why societies develop rules/licences/taxes

what is a democracy

the importance of representation

 

After watching the video, a lesson plan may involve students describing what they believe the miners meant by their “their rights and liberties”. This could then be compared to the Ballarat Reform League charter (retrievable from: http://www.ballaratreformleague.org.au/) and current international human rights (retrievable from: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml).

 

The main idea of this site is to initiate the concept of the effect on today's society of the Eureka Stockade legacy of political change and Australia's identity of being a country that promotes a “fair go”.

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Biography - Peter Lalor - Australian Dictionary of Biography

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Laura Aurisch's curator insight, April 1, 2013 1:26 AM

This site could be used to learn about Peter Lalor, the oath, the Southern Cross and democracy's advantages and disadvantages.

 

Of the thousands who came from overseas bringing with them unique cultures and beliefs, Peter Lalor was chosen to represent the people of the Ballarat gold fields. To learn the significance of Peter Lalor, the Eureka stockade leader and then politician, students should critically analyse his various contributions to Australia's political history.

 

Peter Lalor's biography suggests his prior familial influence for involvement in revolutionary politics combined with his committed personality were factors in his resultant leadership of the Ballarat Reform League committee. His character is defined by his quote 'I would be unworthy of being called a man, …. were I base enough to desert my companions in danger'.

 

The website states Lalor's famous quote “We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other to defend our rights and liberties”. Students can investigate the meaning behind the significance of the choice of the symbolism of the Southern Cross, which was used in the Eureka flag without the complete Union Jack.

 

Lalor's believed in 'a system of law reform ….[that] will enable the poor man to obtain equal justice with the rich' which resulted in his reappointment by successive parliaments until he resigned in September 1887. Discuss democracy in relation to under-representation of minorities, for example, the Chinese on the gold fields and Lalor's political influence on their lifestyles. Students can then do mind maps, online research and prepare oral presentations or slide shows of the advantages and disadvantages of Democracy.