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Exiles and Emigrants

How can a museum exhibition help us explore our immigration history?

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Curriculum areas: Australian history, English, arts

Years: 8–12

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

Uses British 19th-century artworks to explore the immigration experience of people who sought to begin a new life in Australia. Provides a basis for students' own further explorations of immigration generally, their own family history, and a site study of a local museum's representation of the immigration experience.

The student activities included in this unit cover the following topics:

  • Who migrated and why?
  • Attitudes and expectations of the immigrants
  • The experience of the voyage
  • Arrival and outcomes
  • How museums represent immigration in their displays
  • A student's own immigration history