Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution
By Peter FitzSimons
Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution
Published By : William Heinemann, North Sydney, N.S.W. Australia, 2012
The trouble with the Eureka story is that it is very involved and complex. As Education officers at Sovereign Hill, we well know how difficult it is to maintain the interest of an audience when we try to explain the details leading to the bloody storming of the stockade. There are so many important twists and turns that the story teller often falls in a repeating pattern of “and then …. and then… and then…”
Not so Peter FitzSimons in his recent book Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution. Continue reading
Was the Government too slow to react? Did they have the time?
Gill, S.T. – High Degree- Ballarat Gold Museum Collection
Many People believe that the problems with Government and licence fees began after all the easy gold was taken, and diggers were forced to take longer to find gold. This makes sense, why would anyone be upset with paying a licence fee if they are pretty sure of getting rich quick? The National Library of Australia has set up TROVE, a free digitised search service, so you can research their extensive archive of old newspapers and magazines. A quick read through some of the newspapers around in the first year of the Victorian Gold rushes, shows that many people were already angry about paying a fee, why?
Header from the Melbourne Argus-August 14th 1851
TROVE can be a lot of fun too. I already mentioned the Newspapers, but there are also digital copies of old magazines, maps, photos and much more. You can even edit articles that the computer didn’t read properly.
Early Problems with the licence system
Do you like paying out good money and receiving nothing in return? Well neither did the people of Victoria in the 1850s, and they made their feelings known through the newspapers. Continue reading
New Teaching Kit focused on AusVELS level 5
Home Bound by ST Gill (Gold Museum Collection)
The Education team at Sovereign Hill have just completed a new resource for teachers of History at AusVELS level 5. The Settlement of Victoria. It provides some practical advice on teaching the content and skills required by the National Curriculum, as well as online links to resources for teachers and students. The kit also provides links to a Teachers Guide and AusVELS Grid and a Diigo social bookmarking website, dedicated to this topic, so that teachers and students can share their resources.
Just follow this link to find out more.
Are you implementing AusVELS in your school yet? How are you coping with the changes?
SBS Documentary Dirty Business - Learning about Mining in Australia’s past and present
Two episodes of the three-part series Dirty Business: How mining made Australia have screened on SBS, with the last instalment on this Sunday 20th. This documentary provides an engaging examination of the interconnected history of mining and Australia’s development as a nation. It places in context the impact of the gold rush(es) and explores the differences between 19th century and 20th/21st century mining. We highly recommend watching it these holidays.
A new resource: the Gold Museum blog
Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum has recently started a blog to uncover their collection, share interesting behind-the scenes stories and also offer research tips and advice.
Engaging Students in Australian History Studies
Yesterday The Age featured an article about History in the Australian Curriculum. Specifically they were referring to the decision not to make a specific Australian History subject part of the national curriculum in the Senior Years. Modern and Ancient History are the two subjects to be offered.
Front page of The Age – 10 July 2012
How to find and piece together the events that led to the Eureka Stockade
Earlier this year we wrote about our Eureka Day celebrations where students relived some of the events that led up to the stockade. Not all students have the opportunity to participate in an event such as this and so we wanted to share with students and teachers some other resources for finding out more about the Eureka rebellion and consider what caused the Eureka Stockade.
So what did cause the Eureka Stockade?
To The Goldfields! By Rachel Tonkin
To the Goldfields! is sadly now out of print. But as many libraries still have it on their shelves (and we hope they keep it!) we thought it was worth mentioning. This picture book tells the story of James, a nine year old boy who travels to the Victorian goldfields with his family.
Scatterheart By Lili Wilkinson
Scatterheart sits itself between the First Fleet and the Gold Rushes, but it’s delightful fictional story encompasses the themes of fear and hope in the journey to an unknown land that are common to both periods of history. Lili Wilkinson tells the story of Hannah Cheshire, a well-born London girl who we meet in the midst of her confusion and despair over her sudden change in circumstances. It interweaves her present predicament with reflections of her life past.
Books for teaching history
It’s the Year of Reading and we’re celebrating by sharing our favourite books for teaching (or just enjoying) history! This post introduces Doug Bradby’s Seriously Weird History series.