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History: Gold Fever

History: Gold Fever

Program Location: Red Hill Environmental Education Centre and local Gulgong museums


This unit focuses on exploring and experiencing the way of life for Australian Gold Miners in 1870, specifically the life of Gold Miners in Gulgong in 1872.

History Outcomes

  • HT3-1 Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
  • HT3-2 Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
  • HT3-5 Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

Key inquiry question/s

  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know      
  • How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?
  • How did colonial settlement change the environment?
  • What were significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?

Key syllabus outcomes

  • The impact of a significant development or event on a colony; for example, frontier conflict, the gold rushes, expansion of farming and drought (ACHHK095)
  • The reason people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony (ACHHKO96)
  • The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony (ACHHK097)