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September 14, 2017
by leesclassroom

Today’s History Lesson

In pairs:

Explore the interactive image of William Bradley’s journal, A Voyage To New South Wales.

Why did Bradley keep this journal?What might we learn from it?

How might our understanding of these events be limited if we examined only this source?

Use The arrival according to Bradley(PDF, 149 KB) to explore one account of the arrival of the First Fleet.

Examine Timeline of rations for the new settlement, 1788-1790.
Why might these records have been kept?

What does this source reveal about life for the new settlers?

Examine the image View in Port Jackson, depicting Eora people fishing from boats. Contrast the food shortages in the First Fleet settlement with the lives of Eora, who had been thriving in this land for a very long time.

What could these first settlers have learned from the local Eora people?

Use Talking about historical documents(PDF, 174 KB), to examine the following primary sources from the new settlement:
Documents from the first settlement 1 (PDF, 119 KB)
Documents from the first settlement 2 (PDF, 91 KB)
Documents from the first settlement 3 (PDF, 116 KB)

September 13, 2017
by leesclassroom

Today’s History Lesson

As a class:

  • Students examine the Aboriginal languages map. According to this source, which language group would have observed the landing of the First Fleet?
  • Using First Australians 1(PDF, 115 KB) and First Australians 2 (PDF, 134 KB), students explore the impact of the First Fleet’s arrival on the local Aboriginal people.

In pairs:

Using Reading historical images (PDF, 182 KB), students examine images depicting contact between early settlers and local Aboriginal people:
William Bradley’s paintings 1 (PDF, 535 KB)
William Bradley’s paintings 2 (PDF, 527 KB)
William Bradley’s paintings 3 (PDF, 495 KB)
The images could be printed and displayed around the classroom.
Groups could use sticky notes to record their findings.
Students read notes from other groups and add their own observations and questions. (The State Library of New South Wales’ Discover Collections website may provide students with useful background information on William Bradley.)

  • As a class, students read Excerpt from the diary of Lieutenant Bradley. Model the deconstruction and analysis of this historical document.
  • Ask: Who wrote this account and for what purpose?What events are described here?Why might another person describe the events differently?
    What does this account reveal about contacts between settlers and Aboriginal people?
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