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Old New Land

Exploring land and people over time

Cover Unit of Work

Curriculum areas: Environment, Australian history, geography, Indigenous culture & history

Years: 6–10

Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Place and Space; Resources; Investigation, Communication and Participation

In this unit students investigate aspects of the Australian environment and our changing relationship with land. They explore some key objects and images from the National Museum's environmental history exhibition, Old New Land (previously known as Tangled Destinies), and analyse what they tell us about:

  • European responses to unique Australian flora and fauna
  • the consequences of introduced species
  • relationships between Aboriginal people and the land
  • how technological innovations were born of harsh necessities


These resources refer to the Diprotodon as the largest mammal that ever lived. In fact, the blue whale is the largest mammal; the Diprotodon is the largest marsupial.