Year 6 – Australia as a Nation

Background

TrooperAt 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

Man from the depressionTensions are once again rising on the Goldfields as European miners come face to face with cultures they have never seen before. A Chinese Immigrant will make the trip to the colony of New South Wales in the hope of a better life for him and his family, but will first find hardship and hostility as paranoid Europeans attack what they don’t understand at the Lambing Flat diggings. The struggles faced by our Chinese Immigrant will continue as he finds himself dealing with not only angry miners, but also a government fearful of change and thus observing the lead up to the formation of a nation.

A Victorian business man will state the case for a nation, discussing topics such as immigration, the burgeoning yet confusing Colonial economy, legal reformation and the need for a National Defence Force. While he may pat himself on the back for a job well done in setting up the nation, he will soon find himself squaring off against someone challenging the status quo. A young Suffragette will step forth to declare the need for a female vote, and will conduct a debate in front of her peers with the businessman stuck in the past. Students will be encouraged to put forth arguments and counter arguments, and a referendum shall be undertaken to make history.

Finally a young Afghan Cameleer will arrive to continue the task of opening up the centre of the country, only to find a policy put in place that bars him from entering the country. The White Australia Policy shall be examined as the young Afghan tries to gain entry into the country he dreams of settling in and the long term ramifications of the policy shall be revealed.

Our presentation come in two formats – a 2hr Performance and a Full Activity Day.

Cost

A 2hr Performance is $12 (GST exempt) per student and the Full Activity Day is $17 (GST exempt) per student. Minimum fees apply see below.

Greater Brisbane Area:

Minimum fee equal to 60 students

Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba:

Minimum fee equal to 80 students

Sydney (on Tour) and outside South East Queensland by application:

Minimum fee equal to 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.