In term 1 2015 the 5/6’s did projects on Australian history. The amounts of people in each group were 3 but mainly 2 people in each group. You could choose from many topics. The year 5’s studied the 1800’s and the year 6’s studied the 1900’s. The topics you could choose from were:
Year 5 possible research areas:
John Batman – Hero or Villain? Batman signed a ‘deed’ with the Wurrundjeri people – but was he stealing their land, Emigration. Explore the tale of one family leaving home and those they left behind, Investigate squatters and selectors history and stories, Investigate aboriginal resistance fighters – eg Jandamarra or Pemulwuy. Etc.
Year 6 possible research areas:
Investigating the stories of individuals or groups who advocated or fought for rights in twentieth-century Australia (ie ‘Freedom Riders’ of 1965, Charles Perkins, Eddie Marbo), Explain and compare the push and pull factors that have contributed to people migrating to Australia, Explore how Australia’s immigration selection process determined who was let in and who was not, Investigate the different types of migrants who arrived in Australia after World War II, in the 1970s and recently. Etc
Now I will share things that I learnt from this topic
3 Facts I found Interesting or Surprising:
- I found out that Charles Perkins was a half aboriginal but also half European and I found this surprising because even though he was part aboriginal he was a European that had an interest in aboriginal rights and wanted to help them.
- I leant that John Macarthur lost his job as an English soldier because he started the rum rebellion but, he ended up very rich because he was amazing in the wool industry and he brought Marino sheep to Australia. In fact he brought 4,000 sheep to Australia.
- Another thing I learnt was that a squatter is someone that illegally marks land that isn’t theirs and if they are there for 12 or more years that land becomes theirs. I also learnt that a selector is someone that is legally given land by the government. I found this interesting because it shows how Australia has changed over time.
2 Things I Now Understand:
- I now understand that things in the 19th and 20th century were a lot tougher than things today in the 21st century. I also understand that life was even tougher for the aboriginals in Australia because there was the White Australia policy and Europeans thought that their way of life should be the only way.
- I understand that in the 21st century we are lucky because we have an easier way of life. We have advanced medical screening, for example: X-ray, M.R.I, cat-scan, bone-scan .etc. We also have technology for example; The news, telephone, mobile, internet, Ipads, Ipods .etc. These things help us to know what is going on in the whole world .EG. war, Budget, Traffic, Whether problems .etc. I believe the most important way that Australia has changed is the amount of multi-cultural people in our country. Australia is now extremely diverse and multi-cultural you know this by when you go through a shopping centre and see all the people that are running shops and they are from China, England, India .etc. there are even grocery shops that only have food from a certain country.
1 Question I still Have:
- I still wonder why Europeans thought that they were the only people with the right lifestyle and why they brought in the white Australian policy?