The Australian Colonies BUNDLE


This bundle is great for Year 5 and 6 students who are studying content based on the Australian colonies. It is aligned with the Australian Curriculum and meets the following outcomes:

  • Reasons (economic, political and social) for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800 (ACHHK093)
  • The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of inhabitants (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) and how the environment changed (ACHHK094)
  • The impact of a significant development or event on a colony; for example, frontier conflict, the gold rushes, the Eureka Stockade, internal exploration, the advent of rail, the expansion of farming, drought (ACHHK095)
  • The reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and Asia, and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony (ACHHK096)


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Australian Immigration PowerPoint (18 informational slides)

This powerpoint presentation contains key facts about Australia’s immigration policies and history leading to our current multicultural society. It includes definitions of key words (immigration, federation and multiculturalism) so that students can comprehend vocabulary used in this resource. It covers the following topics:

– Australia Prior to Immigration (1800’s-1900’s)

– Key Word Definitions/ Why Multiculturalism is Important

– Why is Australia an Appealing Country to Live?

– Reasons for Immigration

– Key Events and Dates (1901- 1975)

– Who Arrived and When?

– Policies Impacting Australian Immigrants

– The Migration Act. (1959)

– The States of Australia

– Statistics- graphs and questions

– British and Irish Australians: reasons for migration & benefits

– Italian Australians: reasons for migration & benefits

– Greek Australians: reasons for migration & benefits

– Chinese Australians: reasons for migration & benefits

– Requirements for migration to Australia

– 12 Reflection Questions


This PowerPoint compliments the worksheets attached that can be used together for a strong understanding of the Australian Colonies and Immigration. The Powerpoint includes information retrieved from quality sources so that students learn about accurate facts during the development of Australian multiculturalism.


National Flags: Label, Colour and Independent Research Worksheet (2 pages in total)

– Contains 6 flags for students to label using the word bank

– Students must colour each national flag in their traditional shades

– Students must list benefits immigrants from each country bring to Australian society.

3 sections of the worksheet to complete with 17 different activities to complete

Writing space is included for students to paste straight into their history books


★ Australian Immigration Reflection Worksheet (2 pages in total)

– Contains 12 questions that enhance student knowledge on Australian Immigration based on the PowerPoint slides.



Informational slides include the following:

– What is a democracy?

– What are external influences on democracy?

– Britains influence on Australian systems

– Australia’s separation of powers: current minister positions

– The British monarchy and Australia

– The Union Jack- National Flag similarities

– Similarities between British and Australian political and cultural life

– The United States influence on Australian systems

– Federal government model

– Similarities between the USA and Australia


These colourful slides can also be printed out to be used as posters around the classroom. This information will provide students with a strong background of knowledge to complete the worksheets provided in this download.

How did the British and US Nations influence Australia’s legal and parliamentary systems? How is the Queen connected to Australia? What similarities do we still share with other countries today?

Worksheet 1 & 2: Written short answer tasks and fill in table based on the influence of GB and USA on Australian democracy

Worksheet 3: Fill in the blanks worksheet (includes a wordbank)



This resource is a fantastic tool to teach Australian History to students who are studying British settlement since the arrival of James Cook and the impact this had on Indigenous Australians.

Many questions and content is covered in the 16 informational slides including:

  • Keyword definitions: convict, native inhabitants, New Holland, voyage, transportation, governor, first fleet, flora, fauna, disease
  • Captain Cooks 1st voyage from Plymouth, UK to Botany Bay, Australia (1768 – 1770) and a map of all the destinations he stopped at and passed.
  • Why British convicts were sent over to Australia
  • British and Aboriginal peoples first encounter
  • British convicts tasks and duties in daily life
  • The ‘Ticket of Leave’
  • How British settlement impacted the Australian environment
  • How the British lifestyle impacted the native inhabitants
  • Why the indigenous inhabitants were in great danger
  • Major threats to Aboriginal people and the land: new animals, plants and diseases
  • Traditional Aboriginal lifestyle
  • History and symbolism behind the Aboriginal and UK flag
  • European (British) lifestyle in the 18th and 19th century
  • The relationship between the Aboriginals and the British settlers


This resource includes 4 worksheets that test knowledge based on the slides above. Three worksheets are reflection questions where students use the information learnt to apply to their answer. The timeline worksheet allows students to show their understanding of Captain James Cook’s 1st voyage to Australia and fill in their sheet with chronological information about the events that took place.



Includes 11 worksheets and 16 informational slides. This resource is fantastic for stage 3 (year 5 and 6) students studying the Australian Colonies and aligns with the Australian Curriculum (ACHHK095). Contains plenty of tasks designed to increase students understandings of significant developments and events that occurred after the arrival of the first fleet in 1788 in Botany Bay mostly during the 19th century (1800-1900).

Students will learn about:

– The Eureka Stockade

– The Advent of Rail

– The Frontier Conflict

– The Gold Rushes

– Exploration of Australia

– The Expansion of Farming

– Drought within Australia



  • The Eureka Stockade: 4 worksheets

mind-map, multiple choice, short answer questions, locating Ballarat on the map, researching the location, drawing and explaining the symbolism behind the Eureka Flag, 2 extended answer questions based on being in the perspective of a successful and/or unsuccessful miner.

  • The Advent of Rail: 1 worksheet

short answer questions, multiple choice, true or false statements, benefits of having rail during the mid 19th century

  • The Frontier Conflict: 2 worksheets

word definition short answers, problem solving to resolve conflicts between the European settlers and Indigenous peoples, close passage with word bank

  • The Gold Rushes: 1 worksheet

Research task to record facts about a significant site in Australia during the gold rush period.

  • Drought in Australia: 1 worksheet

short answer word definitions, true or false statements, close-passage with word bank

  • Exploration of Australia: 1 worksheet

students fill in a timeline by choosing 5 significant Europeans who went on a voyage to Australia to discover new coastline. Information to be included: the year voyage took place, event and person involved, facts about where they travelled from, the route they took and exactly which part of Australian coastline they discovered.

  • Expansion of Farming: 1 worksheet

James Ruse Biography for students to research facts about birth/death date, place of birth, beliefs, significant life events, occupation and fun facts.


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