First Fleet

Activity 6: The First Fleeters

Focus question: who were the people of the First Fleet?

  • Students sketch 'a typical convict' of the First Fleet. Encourage students to explain their thinking as they share their sketches.
A black and white drawing of convicts in chains moving towards temporary shelters, with officers watching. Landing of Convicts at Botany Bay from Captain Watkin Tench's A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay. First published in 1789.
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  • Students explore the First Fleet database. Ask students to perform 'Simple Searches' based on name or gender. Share any notable findings. Ask: What does this database tell us about the 'typical' convict of the First Fleet?
  • Brainstorm questions, such as 'Who was the youngest First Fleet convict?' or 'How many First Fleet convicts were women?' Students use the database to answer as many questions as they can.
  • Students revisit their sketch of a 'typical' convict. Discuss this in the light of their findings from the database.
  • Using the three resources First Fleeters 1 (PDF, 167 KB), First Fleeters 2 (PDF, 219 KB) and First Fleeters 3 (PDF, 144 KB) along with First Fleeters discussion points (PDF, 100 KB), students examine and discuss three sources about the people of the First Fleet.
  • Students could be provided with chart paper or sticky notes for recording questions and findings.
A black and white portrait of Governor Philip Governor Philip
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Assessment

  • Can students justify their image of a 'typical convict' based on current knowledge?
  • Can students perform simple database searches and make sense of the results?
  • Can students critically evaluate their initial drawings in the light of historical evidence?

 

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