Year 9 – Making of the Modern World


Australian Light HorsemanAt 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

Turkish soldierA First Fleet Naval Officer, a Red Coat Soldier and Convicts discuss the Industrial Revolution and the unsettling effects it had upon the common people. The characters discuss European Imperialism and the mass migrations that secured the new Empires of Europe. They also discuss how the men, women and children of the first British colony in Australia came to be here, their daily experiences, the struggle for survival and the need to adapt to an alien landscape. They discuss how the opportunities presented by a new land, so far from the ‘Old World’ coupled with the rise of ideas such as egalitarianism gave rise to the Australian Character.

A Trooper and a Victorian Gentleman discuss the legacy of the gold rush era and the new ideas on representation and citizenship that the Eureka Stockade brought with it. They discuss the harsh reality of frontier life as settlers begin to occupy marginal agricultural areas, with some, such as Ned Kelly turning to a rebellious life. They also examine the growing nationalism within the Colonies and the push towards self-government and democracy.

A Turkish Officer, an Australian Light Horseman and a Volunteer Nurse broadly discuss the causes of World War 1. They specifically address the Gallipoli landings, battles and withdrawal as well as Australia’s wider role on the Western Front including the Somme and the decisive and climactic engagements during the German Spring Offensive. The ANZACs actions at Villers-Bretonneux and other battles in early 1918 saved the war for the Allied cause. The characters discuss the key role Gallipoli continues to play in the contemporary Australian consciousness.

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


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 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.