Notable colonials

A Stage 3 historical learning sequence, comprised of two short inquiries. Students explore the lives of people in Australia's colonial past across four weeks.

Inquiry 1 is a guided inquiry in which the students investigate the significance of colonial painter Tom Roberts. With strong links to visual arts, students reproduce part of a Tom Roberts painting and explain its significance.

Inquiry 2 is an independent inquiry into an individual who had a significant part in shaping the colony in the 1800s. They communicate this by taking on role as their notable colonial and telling their story in a ‘Night of the Notables’ event. In addition, students write a newspaper article outlining their notable colonial’s contributions.

Key inquiry questions

  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia's colonial past and how do we know?
  • What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from History K-10 (2012) Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012

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