Federation

Activity 4: Federation people

Identify the Activity 4 tasks on the MI/B grid student tasks (PDF, 102 KB) and MI/B grid teacher planner (PDF, 107 KB).

Significant people

  • Analyse Henry Parkes' Tenterfield speech
    Summarise the main ideas, write a response and present it as a speech.
  • Attitudes and perspectives from different groups in Australian society can be compared using the following sources (including their links to primary sources):
    Chinese Australia 
    Federation story 
    Establishing the Commonwealth – people 
  • Make lists of 'fast facts' on significant people to use for a 'Who am I? game'. Examples might include Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, Tom Roberts, Henry Parkes, Edmund Barton …
  • Select a significant Federation personality and compose a Bio-riddle, using a format like the Night of the Notables. Or use digital programs such as Prezi, iMovie or MovieMaker to present biographical information for a 'Who am I?' game.
A portrait photo of the men who drafted Australia's constitution Drafting Committee of the Commonwealth Constitution, appointed at the Adelaide Convention, 1898.
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Wider society

Investigate the Federation perspectives of people who we know less about. How do we know the stories of everyday people? For example, what sources can you use to
research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people, Chinese people, swagmen, women or children?

  • A starting point for an inquiry about
    Chinese people might be La Trobe
    University's Chinese Australia 
  • Make a PCQ chart using population data
    pre & post 1901.Refer to The Immigration Restriction Act 1901. PCQ (Pros, Cons, Questions) is an attempt to apply objectivity when considering proposals, ideas or suggestions. The simple table will assist students to make sense of their deliberations.
    See PCQ chart (PDF, 145 KB)
  • View the stories of children explored in the
    1888, 1898 and 1908 episodes
    of My Place.
  • Examine the stories of everyday people told through any of the arts (paintings, songs, poems, etc). For example, analyse the history and lyrics of Waltzing Matilda using All Down Under and the the National Treasures Waltzing Matilda song sheet

There are opportunities to link to the Australian Curriculum: English literature strand. Examine the lives of migrants, children, women, miners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through historical fiction and non-fiction texts. See suggested literature resources in the Year 6 program: Federation (PDF, 276 KB).

A cartoon showing Australian colonies combining to keep out 'the Chinese pest'. Anti-Chinese immigration cartoon, 1888 - item 4
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