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Levels 5-10  |  Aboriginal People on the Goldfields


Session outline

Explore the impacts of nineteenth century European colonisation on Victorian Aboriginal People.

Classroom resources

Teaching kits: Hidden Histories: The Wadawurrung People Primary kit, Hidden Histories: The Wadawurrung People, Secondary kit
Sovereign Hill Education blog posts:
The History of Victoria, Better Understanding of our History, Fire in the 19th Century, Indigenous Stories of the Goldfields
Websites:
 State Library of Victoria, Victoria’s early history, 1803-1851 Time Line, General Sources, Public Records Office Victoria - Aboriginal Victorians (1830s - 1970s)
Teacher reference:
Dr. Fred Cahir Black Gold ANU Press, 2012, NITV Map starts to reveal true extent of massacres of Indigenous Australians by Europeans,


Victorian curriculum connections

History
Levels 5-6: They learn about what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period Level 7 and 8: How physical or geographical features influenced the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ communities, foundational stories and land management practices Level 9 and 10: Intended and unintended causes and effects of contact and extension of settlement of European power(s), including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Geography
Levels 5-6:
The curriculum focuses on the concepts of place and interconnection. Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places.
Levels 9-10:
Land and resource management strategies used by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve food security over time.

Technologies
Levels 7-8:
Analyse how food and fibre are produced when creating managed environments and how these can become more sustainable

Ethical
Levels 5-6:
Analyse how food and fibre are produced when creating managed environments and how these can become more sustainable.
Levels 9-10:
The curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understandings to analyse and evaluate ethical problems and their resolution and to identify and manage contestability in ethical matters. Students reflect on whether there are ethical concepts and principles common across people, groups and cultures.

Intercultural Understandings
Levels 5-6:
The curriculum focus is on developing the knowledge, skills and understandings to enable students to learn about diverse cultural practices and beliefs and how they compare with their own.
Levels 7-8:
The curriculum focus is on developing the knowledge, skills and understandings to reflect on how cultural practices and beliefs contributes to individual, group and national identities.
Levels 9-10:
The curriculum focus is on developing the knowledge, skills and understandings to engage in complex discussions about interrelationships within and between cultures.

Cross curriculum priorities

Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples histories and Culture
History Levels 5-6:

  • Identify and describe patterns of continuity and change in daily life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ‘native born’ and migrants in the Australian colonies.
  • The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced changing patterns of development, how the environment changed, and aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • The different experiences and perspectives of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants, women, and children.

Learning about Sustainability
Levels 5-6 History:
The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced changing patterns of development, how the environment changed, and aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Levels 9-10 History: Analyse and evaluate the broad patterns of change over the period 1750-present.

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