How Did We Become A Nation?

Chinese Migration


Early Inland Explorers

Gold in the 1850’s & 1860’s

The Eureka Stockade

Australian currency and the relationship to our Inquiry Unit.

What does our Inquiry Question – ‘How did Australia become a nation?’ have to do with our money?

Before you begin you will need to investigate whether our money has changed over time. Have our notes always been the same as they are today? We know they are now made from plastic rather than paper, but are the people on the notes still the same? The links below will help you answer these questions.

You are going to organise our $notes onto a historical time line (You can use present and past $notes). Use research about the famous Australians on the notes to help you match them to a specific time – you will read lots of dates in their biographies so select a specific date that fits within our 1801-1901 investigation. Select a date that ties them to a contribution they made to our nation. Catherine Helen Spence for example is on the back of the five dollar note and a significant year for her was 1846 when she opened her first school.

‘Hang’ the note on your time line and attach a brief ‘bio’ of each person below the note.

Suggested Resources include ‘Famous Australians’ and the link to the Reserve Bank Australia

Australian money    (current notes)

money notes from the past  (commemorative and paper notes)

All of these Australians have made a great contribution to Australia in one way or another. It is your job to find our what these contributions have been and present your information in a timeline format.

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Create a new Keynote document, titled “How Did We Become A Nation? – Australia in 1800 -1900”

As you read through the attached ‘My Place’ articles, which summarise the decades throughout Australia’s history, create a page for each decade to reflect your understanding of the major events that occurred during that time and how those events influenced Australia’s move towards becoming a nation.

Be creative – for example, you might like to use the program ‘Inspiration’ to record your decade summaries, then screenshot the page, to then insert into your Keynote presentation. You might also like to research to locate photos/diagrams to illustrate your Keynote.

Also create a glossary page, so that you can add unfamiliar words and their definitions.

At the end of your presentation, insert some pages on which to create your own investigation.

Write a question based around your knowledge of this period of time, between 1800 and 1900, that you wish to further investigate. Once again, be creative. Research, design, create and then share your finished product at the end of our inquiry unit.