Indigenous Culture History and Identity

Year 5 - Contact and Invasion 
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Students identify the reasons why significant groups of people travelled to Australia including the Macassans and the English invaders. They compare the encounters and relationships between Indigenous Australians and these groups.

They identify the consequences of European invasion and how it changed the face of Australia. They identify Truganini and Bennelong as two important people who are to be recognised for their significant actions during the time of invasion. 
Learning Objectives
In Lessons 1 to 8, students learn to:
  • investigate evidence of earliest contacts between Indigenous Australian peoples and other peoples of the Asia Pacific
  • describe Batavia, a Dutch East India Company Trading Port
  • examine evidence of contact between Indigenous Australian Nations and Macassan trepang fishermen, and the relationships they shared during the eighteenth century
  • create a conversation between Barangaroo and Bennelong
  • examine the achievements of Windradyne of the Wiradjuri
  • examine the role of Truganini, a strong Nuenonne woman, who struggled to save her people from genocide
  • describe the ways Palawa people continue to respect ancestors and culture after the invasion of 1803
  • examine the drawings by Oscar of Gunggarra to learn about the Palmer River Gold Rush. 
  1. Students will present a portfolio of their independent task work from their workbook to showcase their understanding of the unit of work.
  2. Students will complete a content test to demonstrate their knowledge of the unit of work. 
Complete This Unit
Lesson 1: Earliest Contacts
Lesson 2: Early Visitors
Lesson 3: Visitors and Invaders
Lesson 4: Barangaroo and Bennelong
Lesson 5: Windradyne
Lesson 6: Truganini
Lesson 7: The Palawa Peoples
Lesson 8: The Discovery of Gold
Lesson 9: Assessment Test

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