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Levels 9-10  |  Australia & Asia


Session outline

Analyse the effects of contact on Aboriginal people and the experiences of Chinese miners in the lead-up to Federation.

Classroom resources

Teaching kits: Hidden Histories: The Wadawurrung People Secondary Teaching kit; Australia and Asia; New Gold Mountain kit (Chinese on the Goldfields);
Student activities: Hidden Histories: The Wadawurrung People; Victorian Goldfields Population - Using Maths in History; Chinese Miners on the Victorian Goldfields - Using Maths in History
Sovereign Hill Education blog posts: The Australian ‘History Wars’ at Sovereign Hill, What was the Anti-Chinese League?, Racism and Taxes- Life for the Chinese on the Goldfields,
Bibliography: Gold Rush Immigration.
Audio: Chinese For Creswick, They are a great Nuisance, Inferior Races
Useful links: Public Records Office – Unassisted Passengers List, Public Records Office – Assisted British Immigration List (Search for Chinese names)


Victorian curriculum connections

History
The Making of the Modern World and Australia
Australia and Asia

Historical knowledge:

  • Intended and unintended causes and effects of contact and extension of settlement of European power(s), including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Significant events and influencing ideas in the development of the society, including different perspectives of the events at the time and different historical interpretations and debates.
  • Patterns of continuity and change and their effects on influencing movements of people, ways of life and living conditions, political and legal institutions, and cultural expression around the turn of the twentieth century.
  • Different experiences and perspectives of non-Europeans and their perspectives on changes to society, significant events, ideas, beliefs and values.

Civics and Citizenship
Levels 9-10:
Students examine the ways political parties, interest groups, media and individuals influence government and decision-making processes.

Geography
Levels 9-10:
Geographies of interconnections focuses on investigating how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of ways, and how these connections help to make and change places and their environments.

Ethical Capability
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 Capability
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. This includes the less tangible aspects of culture such as values, attitudes, roles, religious beliefs and ways of thinking.

Cross curriculum priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture
History Levels 9-10: Intended and unintended causes and effects of contact and extension of settlement of European power(s), including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Learning about Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
History Levels 9-10: Different experiences and perspectives of non-Europeans and their perspectives on changes to society, significant events, ideas, beliefs and values.

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