Year 5 – The Australian Colonies


AFirst fleet naval officert Living History Australia we believe that history comes alive for children when they are presented with a past with which they can interact; with its sights, sounds and feel. For this reason, every two hour LHA presentation is delivered from a stage set up complete with hundreds of artefacts from the period we are presenting. Every presentation includes characters from the past that the students can interact with. Students are also invited from the audience to dress in period clothes and learn first-hand what it was like for them to live in that time. Towards the end of every performance all students are invited to explore the stage and handle the artefacts and ask individual questions of the presenters regarding both the artefacts and any aspect of the presentation. For those who book an activity day, the presentation continues for the remainder of the day with students learning and partaking in an array of period dancing, games and pastimes (contact the LHA office for a list of current activities).

Characters & Presentation Topics

ConvictA First Fleet Naval Officer, a Red Coat Soldier and Convicts discuss how it came to be that the men and women of the first British colony came to be here, the daily struggle for survival and the need to adapt to an alien landscape in the early years of the colony. The also discuss the first interactions with the Aboriginal peoples around Sydney Cove, the eventual flourishing of Sydney Town and the pressure to expand beyond the Blue Mountains. Presenters also touch upon early exploration and the other colonies.

A Trooper, Shopkeeper and Gold Miner discuss life on the goldfields, the multicultural melting pot of ideas and cultures that was the Ballarat Goldfield and why peoples from across the globe flocked to the fields. They discuss the new ideas on representation and citizenship, the Eureka Stockade and bushranging.

A Gentleman Explorer and Afghan Cameleers discuss the unique contributions of the successive waves of migrants to the colonies and the opening of the interior of Australia. They discuss the individual character and development of the colonies that were to become the States of the nation of Australia.


Presentations are currently $10.00 (GST exempt) per student and Activity Days are currently $15.00 (GST exempt) per student, subject to the following minimums:

Greater Brisbane Area:

Term 1, 2 & 3 – 60 Students

Term 4 – 40 Students

Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba:

Term 1, 2 & 3 – 80 Students

Term 4 – 60 Students

Sydney, Melbourne (On Tour) and outside South East Queensland (By Application):

Terms 1-4 – 100 Students

Other Information

We recognise that every school has different start, break and finish times. We also recognise that each school delivers their curriculum with different focuses and emphases. Living History Australia’s presentations and activity days are flexible and can accommodate your school’s timetable. We also encourage you, when booking, to share with us what you are covering in class and the areas you would like us to focus upon.