The Australian colonies

A collection of Stage 3 learning sequences and workbooks, where students look at colonial Australia in the 1800s, the founding of British colonies and the development of a colony.

A six week historical learning sequence comprised of four sequential inquiries where students explore lives of people in Australia's colonial past.

Students undertake four short inquiries:

  • Inquiry 1 – a guided inquiry into the reasons for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800
  • Inquiry 2 – a guided inquiry into settlement patterns
  • Inquiry 3 – a semi-guided inquiry into impacts of settlement
  • Inquiry 4 – an independent inquiry into daily colonial life.

Note 1 – These four inquiries are sequential. They provide the understandings needed for the history teaching and learning sequence – Colonial development.

Note 2 – The teaching and learning sequence, Colonial immigration, could follow this learning sequence to create a ten week teaching and learning sequence

Key inquiry questions:

  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia's colonial past and how do we know?
  • How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?
  • How did colonial settlement change the environment?
  • 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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