Gold – shaping our identity

Primary KLAs:
English, Human Society and its Environment
Secondary KLAs:
English, Human Society and its Environment
Educational levels:
Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8

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Gold fields scene from 1800s

This is a task-based resource for students to explore the social, economic, political and environmental impact of the gold rush in Australia in the 1850s. The resource includes videos, worksheets and links to further interactive resources. It includes support notes for teachers and/or supervisors in distance education.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(HT3-1) describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia

(HT3-2) describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

(HT3-5) applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACHHK095) The impact of a significant development or event on a colony; for example, frontier conflict, the gold rushes, the Eureka Stockade, internal exploration, the advent of rail, the expansion of farming, drought.

(ACHHK096) The reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and Asia, and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony.

(ACHHK097) The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony; for example, explorers, farmers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, humanitarians, religious and political leaders, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

(ACHHS099) Use historical terms and concepts

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Gold, Population growth, Goldfields, Australian history
File type:
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Resource ID: 6ba9407b-07df-4ef5-9176-60840e391f2b