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Governor's orders

[Episode 24 | 1788 : Dan]

Dan tries to compensate Waruwi for the loss of her dingo by taking a number of items from around the camp and giving them to her. Dan drums out the marines as they march to the point.


The Australian curriculum: History

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The Australian Curriculum: History aims to ensure that students develop: 

  • interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens 
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society 
  • understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability 
  • capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.

History activities [1]

Activity 1: Historical perspectives
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Subtheme(s): Customs and traditions; Historical events; Indigenous perspectives
  • The clip Governor's orders shows a small group of marines foraging for supplies in the bush area close to the coast around Sydney. They are under orders to survey the country and report back to Governor Phillip. As a class, view the clip and ask students to discuss the historical implications of the background to the drama. 
  • Ask students to conduct research (or provide them with information) on:
  1. the difficulties and problems faced by Governor Phillip and the First Fleeters in establishing a colony
  2. the difficulties and problems faced by the local Indigenous people at the time. 
  • Refer to My Place for Teachers, 'Decade timeline' for information about the first colony. Students could incorporate historical sources taken from images, maps and the letters and journals of Governor Phillip and his officers. Students may find it useful to explore the following sites to gather information:
  1. State Library of New South Wales, 'Discover Collections', From Terra Australis to Australia, www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/terra_australis/
  2. SBS, First Australians, www.sbs.com.au/firstaustralians/
  3. National Archives of Australia, 'Documenting a Democracy', www.foundingdocs.gov.au/
  4. Migration Heritage Centre, 'Objects through Time', www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/exhibition/objectsthroughtime/draughtinstructions/
  • Ask students to complete the table in Student Activity Worksheet H24.4: Historical perspectives by analysing the cause and effect of various problems for First Fleeters and local Indigenous people.

  • Ask students to identify, analyse and evaluate the situation for First Fleeters and Indigenous people in the local area.
  • Divide the class into small groups and have them design and construct a game similar to Trivial Pursuit where players have to identify, analyse and evaluate the challenges which faced the First Fleeters, Governor Phillip and the Indigenous peoples of the area. The game will allow players to test their knowledge of the challenges that the colonists and Indigenous peoples of the area faced during the early days of the colony. Please note that the objective of the game is for students to pose questions and find the correct answers in order to complete the game. The end of the game is reached when a person or team answers 10 questions correctly.
  • Refer to the following website for templates of games:
    Tools for Educators, 'Board Game Maker', www.toolsforeducators.com/boardgames/dailyroutines_r.php


Student Activity Sheet H24.4: Historical perspectives

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