Activity 5: The voyage
Focus question: what would it have been like to travel on one of the ships of the First Fleet?
- Using Reconstructing the voyage (PDF, 89 KB), students investigate how the First Fleet travelled to Australia from England and how long the journey took.
Marcus Clarke's classic novel about
convict life, For the Term of His Natural Life.
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- Students reconstruct the size of some First Fleet
passenger ships using information from Ships of the First Fleet. Students mark the ships' dimensions outdoors to visualise the scale. Ask:
How much space would have been available to
each person on board?
What do we need to know to work this out?
Students reflect on what this suggests about conditions
- Using For the term of his natural life (PDF, 175 KB), students investigate a literary description of conditions on board a convict transport. (The language in the extract is demanding and this activity may need to be teacher-led or used as an extension activity.)
- Using Convict voyages (PDF, 132 KB) and Daily routine (PDF, 156 KB), students examine two more sources about conditions on board ship for transported convicts.
Students may also like to explore Google Earth's animation of the weather conditions for the First Fleet voyage
- Can students compare and contrast evidence from
- Can students accurately and perceptively describe an experience from various points of view?