The shooting

[Episode 18 | 1838 : Davey]

Davey is on the run with Duchess but has his preconceptions about bushrangers challenged when he witnesses them shooting Mr Owen and stealing from him.


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: Bushrangers
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Subtheme(s): Culture; Historical events; Politics

The lives of bushrangers have inspired many films, stories, poems and visual art, enhancing their mythical place in Australian culture. However, this view of bushrangers is in debate, with some arguing that bushrangers should really be portrayed as violent criminals rather than heroic outlaws.

  • Ask students to research the life of a famous Australian bushranger on the internet or using reference books from the library. In their research, ask students to focus on the following questions:
  1. Why did bushrangers turn to a life of crime?
  2. What were the key events in their lives?
  • The following websites may be useful:
  1. Australian Dictionary of Biography,
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  3. Australian History,
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  5. Culture and Recreation Australia,
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  8. Historic Houses Trust, 'Bushrangers',
  9. Hyperhistory, 'Ned Kelly - hero or villain?,
  10. Ironoutlaw,
  11. State Library of Victoria, 'Bushrangers',
  • As a class, discuss the idea of different historical perspectives. Use the following questions as a guide:
  1. Why do some people see bushrangers as criminals?
  2. Why do others see them as heroic outlaws?

  • In pairs, ask students to create a vodcast from a famous bushranger. Ask one student to describe the life of the bushranger from the perspective of the bushranger or one of their friends. The other student should describe the bushranger from the perspective of one of the bushranger's victims or one of their grieving relatives. Ask students to use the student activity sheet to help them prepare their script.
  • Ask students to create a wanted poster for their favourite bushranger.
  • Play a hot seat role-play where the student pretends to be the bushranger that they have researched. The rest of the class asks questions about the bushranger's life. The student in the 'hot seat' responds in character from the information they have researched or based on how they feel the bushranger would respond.


Student Activity Sheet H18.6: Bushrangers

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