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Using local places and objects to explore key events and themes in Australian history

Landmarks unit of work - front cover

Landmarks: People and Places Across Australia is a major new gallery at the National Museum. Landmarks focuses on 10 themes in Australian history, including:

  • Colonial foundations
  • Grazing the grasslands
  • Gold and government
  • Extending the farmlands
  • Connecting the nation

Covering much of 19th-century Australian history, these themes are especially useful and relevant to the new Australian Curriculum: History at Year 9.

In this unit of work students explore objects that help them to consider ideas or hypotheses related to each of the above themes and then test them further by additional research. They can then apply their ideas to explore one or more themes in their own local area or community.

In addition, the unit helps students to develop historical skills:

  • sequencing of events
  • use of historical terms
  • identifying and locating relevant sources
  • developing historical texts
  • identifying and selecting different kinds of questions.