COLLECTION STORIES: ACTIVITIES
Information for teachers
The following learning activities related to the theme of Melbourne support:
- The learning focus and standards in Victorian Essential Learning Standards Level 6 for:
- Discipline-based learning in The Arts, Humanities and English
- Interdisciplinary learning in Communication, Thinking Processes
- Physical, Personal and Social Learning in Civics and Citizenship, Personal Learning
- The areas of study and learning outcomes in Victorian Certificate of Education studies:
- Studio Arts
Teachers are encouraged to select and adapt the learning activities to suit the specific level and learning requirements of their students.
Shaping the history and character of Melbourne
- In small groups investigate and discuss the history of Melbourne, listing at least 10 key events and/or individuals that you believe have contributed to the history and character of the city. You can select up to six events/individuals from the following list as a starting point:
Settlement of the area now known as Melbourne
The official naming of Melbourne
Proclamation of the colony of Victoria
Discovery of gold near Ballarat
The International Exhibition of 1880
Immigration Restriction Act 1901
First steam train
Opening of Luna Park
First World War
Second World War
Centenary of Melbourne
Manufacture of first Holden car in Melbourne
Opening of Chadstone Shopping Centre
Charles La Trobe
Dame Nellie Melba
- Discuss why you consider each of the events/characters you have selected/suggested as important to the history and character of the city.
- Compare the lists that different groups have compiled.
- Suggest reasons for the similarities and differences in the lists.
- Create a collaborative illustrated timeline recording the key dates related to events/individuals in the lists compiled by the class. Where possible include a visual image, such as a photograph or a reproduction of an artwork, to illustrate each event/individual referenced on the timeline. You can use images from the NGV Collection story – Melbourne or search by keywords in NGV Collection online
Resources for creating a digital timeline
- What role do you believe the visual arts play in recording or constructing the history of a city such as Melbourne?
Melbourne locations and landmarks
- The following locations and landmarks all feature in artworks included in the NGV Collection Story – Melbourne.
- Locate each of these landmarks/locations on a map of Melbourne.
- Investigate/discuss what is significant about each landmark/location for Melbourne.
- Find an artwork that relates to each of these locations/landmarks. Explain the relationship between this artwork and the landmark/location.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Charles Summers’s Burke and Wills memorial statue
The Arts Centre
St Kilda Road
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Port Phillip Bay
Flinders Street Station
Further research on Melbourne
‘Coranderrk’, Mission Voices website (Koorie Heritage Trust, State Library of Victoria and ABC online)
History of Melbourne overview and resources (Melbourne City Council)
History of Melbourne overview and resources (What’s on Melbourne)
Yarra Healing – Towards reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, includes resources related to William Barak, Birrarung (Yarra River), The Kulin Nation, Wurundjeri, Coranderrk (Catholic Education Office)
NGV ONLINE EDUCATION RESOURCES