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Dust Echoes: Ancient Stories, New Voices

Dust Echoes: Ancient Stories, New Voices | Australian Family Origins |
Ancient Stories, New Voices. Dust Echoes is a series of twelve animated dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land in Northern Australia

Via Lauren Fysh, Shannon Pulver
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A series of stories that reflect the aboriginal perspective on landscape and human history

Lauren Fysh's curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:39 PM


A powerful and engaging resource for students and teachers, Dust settles, ancient stories, new voices provides a valuable insight into Aboriginal Dreaming and the creation of Australia. This resource provides some useful dreamtime stories for students of early stage one, but is most notable for its Dust Echoes Study Guides for teachers.

 The stories told not only represent how Australia’s physical landscape was formed, but engage followers in morals, traditions and Aboriginal ways of life on the land.  The study guides are useful to use in a classroom for any Aboriginal dreaming story that is appropriate for ES1 to discuss how the story helps us understand Aboriginal life and society through traditional themes such as food, work, family, rules, education and relationships with others. Along with teaching ideas, the document provides an array of information about Aboriginal life and culture which aims to inform teachers before they begin work with their class


Teaching idea:

One teaching idea is to choose a specific dreaming story from the site, write 6 simple sentences about the main points of the story, cut them out and stick them on the board with blue tac.  Students watch the clip, then the teacher reads these sentences outloud asking individual students to come up and put them in order.  The teacher reads them out as the class decides what order they go in, encouraging students to talk about what happened in the story.  If time permits, students can draw a picture to go with the story afterwards.



Assess students as they volunteer information about critical events from the story and look at which students were able to sequence these correctly.


Literacy and numeracy link:

This supports talking and listening outcomes from the English syllabus as well as measurement outcome MES1.5- sequences events and uses everyday language to describe the duration of activities.



Shannon Pulver's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:04 PM

Dreamtime stories that Indigenous Australians belive to reflect the creation of the world.

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History of migration to Australia | NSW Migration Heritage Centre

History of migration to Australia | NSW Migration Heritage Centre | Australian Family Origins |

Via Catherine Smyth
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A part of this site entails the plight of post war Italian migrants and their success in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation area as Griffith fruit growers.

Catherine Smyth's curator insight, July 9, 2013 3:40 AM

Explore this online exhibition of primary and secondary sources relating to migration heritage in Australia and NSW. Trace the history Australia's migration history from 50000 years ago to the present. 

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SBS: First Australians

SBS: First Australians | Australian Family Origins |

This documentary series traces the history of Australia from 1788 in seven episodes. It was produced in consultation with Aboriginal communities. Primary teachers could use video extracts when teaching about British colonisation or build their own professional knowledge about the topic.

Via Catherine Smyth
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A great resource to explain the origins of English culture and language of Australia.


Irini Kassidis's curator insight, November 2, 2013 10:34 PM

An excellent resource for educators to use in their lesson planning.

Claire Reinthal's curator insight, April 20, 2015 5:42 AM



Description of what is on this site:


Directed and produced by Rachel Perkins, an Arrernte woman from Central Australia, First Australians, specifically Episode 1, excellently  'explains changes in the community and family life' experienced by the Aboriginal peoples at the time of the arrival of the First Fleet and beyond. This episode 'evaluates the effects of these' changes 'on individuals' such as Bennelong. The information at could prove a useful follow-up resource. This is one of the resources selected using selection criteria such as whether the creator of the work is Aboriginal.


The effects of these changes on groups of Aboriginal people are illustrated, such as those experienced by the Aboriginal people of Warang (Sydney). It also enables the audience to evaluate the effects of these changes on 'environments' due to British settlement. Allen Madden from the Gadigal Clan, talking of Captain Philip, explains that "...immediately he orders trees to be chopped down and land to be cleared..." (Perkins, 2008).



A teaching idea:


Children could be asked to write down what stands out to them as they watch the episode, after which time they pair and share and then share their partners response with the class. Teacher can display mind-map of ideas on interactive whiteboard and students can research one of the first Australians mentioned in the episode and present some of the ideas in the mind map in relation to CCS2.2, from the perspective of that first Australian.



An idea for an assessment task:


In order to assess the learning of the students on how well they can fulfill the HSIE outcome CCS2.2, perhaps after giving them a few lessons to research the changes and their impacts, I would ask them to write a speech from the perspective of a particular Aboriginal person or group. 



Literacy strategy/links to English KLA:


This could also fulfill some of the outcomes for the English K-6 Syllabus such as EN2-6B in that writing a speech requires students to 'distinguish between different forms of English' as they 'plan and deliver short presentations'.





Hunter, J. (1788). The Taking of Colbee and Bennalong.

Retrieved from the State Library of NSW website:


Perkins, R. (Director and Producer). (2008). First Australians

[Motion picture]. Australia: Blackfella Films.

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Chinese at the Australian Goldfields

Chinese at the Australian Goldfields | Australian Family Origins |
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A detailed overview describing the common motivations that brought many Chinese to Australia during the Gold Rush of the late 1800s. Accompanying slides can be utilised to help the understanding of young children of this piece of Australian history.

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Refugees from a War-Torn World

Refugees from a War-Torn World | Australian Family Origins |

About 2 million people became refugees as a result of the conflict in Indochina.

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Significant events of conflict in Asia forced many people to flee their own country to find a better life in Australia


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