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Australia's Migration Stories

 

Explore changing attitudes to migration

Group of children looking at convict jacket
Photo: George Serras, National Museum of Australia

Where did your Mum and Dad grow up? Were they born in Australia or overseas?

In Australia's Migration Stories students investigate some of the ten million migration stories from 1788 to today, and reflect on Australia's changing attitudes towards migration.

In this program students use a digital camera and activity card to record when, how and why individuals came to Australia. All photographs will be available on our website for follow-up classroom activities.

Details

Year levels 5–12 (6–12 in Qld, WA and SA)
Group size 40 students – two groups can run concurrently
Duration 2 hours
Cost $6 per student
Availability Tuesday–Friday at 10am and 1pm

Alternate times may be available for local schools. Please contact bookings@nma.gov.au for further information.
Curriculum links
Australian History curriculum links to our programs (178kb PDF)

Aims

  • Provide students with the opportunity to explore stories of individuals and groups who have migrated to Australia since 1788.
  • Enable students to reflect on why over 10 million individuals have migrated to Australia since 1788.
  • Challenge students to investigate changing attitudes to migrants.

Structure

  1. Introductory activity – through an investigation of mystery migrants' belongings, students explore stories of migration and reflect on how Australian government policies and community attitudes towards migrants have changed over time.
  2. Gallery activity – working in groups, students explore migration stories in the Australian Journeys gallery and record, using digital cameras and activity cards, when, how and why individuals came to Australia.
  3. Reflection – students gather to discuss the stories they selected and the range of contributions migrants have made to Australia, as well as how their photographs may be used for further research and reflection on Australia's migration history back at school.

Exploring the Museum

You may like to allow extra time to visit other exhibitions and to explore other places in the Museum, such as Circa and Kspace. For everything you need to know about visiting, see Plan and book a visit.

Related resources

These classroom activities might be useful in your classroom.

You may also be interested in the following teacher resources:

and these interactives:
  • New homes – discover the stories of two 'displaced persons' who migrated to Australia after World War II.
  • Hong Hai – Journey of the Hong Hai – take a trip on the first refugee boat that came to Australia's shores in 1978.

You can also see the full list of resources related to Australian history.