Australian History

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Australian History Class Thursdays 10am to 11.30am - No Class School and Public Holidays


In 2015 the National Museum of Australian in Canberra held an exhibition entitled:


 The 100 Defining Moments in Australian History


The exhibition was put together by the Museum staff with input from a panel of leading Australian historians. Members of the public who came to see the exhibition were asked to suggest their defining moments in Australian History. Thus, two lists were developed. It is from these two lists that our History Class worked in 2016 & 2017 and will continue to work in 2018.


The one list started with Australia's separation from Gondwana whilst the other started 52,000 years ago, with the evidence of the arrival of Aboriginal people to Australia. We have worked through the Dutch and Portuguese explorers, the discovery of the east coast by Captain Cook and the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.


We have explored some well-known events and some not so well-known event that occurred as the colonies were being established. By the end of 2016, we had reached the Great Depression and the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.


We plan to continue working from these lists which go almost up to the present day. It has been an insightful experience for the members of the class to learn more about their country's history. Some things we thought we knew and some things we had never heard about.


In 2018 we are moving into more recent history. We will start the year in 1987 with the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and hopefully by the end of the year we will be up to 2014 and the Lindt Cafe siege. 


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