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What impacts has immigration had on Australia?

Exploring the story of immigration in the National Museum of Australia’s Horizons Gallery

Front cover unit of work

Curriculum areas: Australian history, geography, environment

Years: 6–10

Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Culture; Natural and Social Systems; Place and Space; Investigation, Communication and Participation

In this unit, students investigate stories of immigration and the impact of migrants on Australian society over time. The unit uses the objects and displays from the Museum's previous Horizons gallery (now replaced by the Australian Journeys gallery) and other museum exhibitions as evidence of the impact immigration has had, and continues to have, on Australia. The themes and topics explored include:

  • White Australia
  • national identity and citizenship
  • 'populate or perish' philosophy
  • the economy and the environment