This resource introduces students learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) to Australia’s contact history and frontier conflict with original works from the NGV Collection. Students discuss the establishment of a British penal colony in Australia, according to the concept of Terra Nullius, and the effect this had on the original owners of the land. These events will be considered from the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the colonised, and first settlers, the colonisers.
Describe significant events in Australian history; in particular the arrival of the British and the effect of Terra Nullius on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Describe the experiences and perspectives of the European settlers and the Gweagal and Kamaygal people at the time of First Contact.
Use a range of descriptive phrases to analyse and interpret themes, concepts and ideas in Australian works from different times and cultures.
Identify and connect specific aspects of works to a wider historical, cultural and social context.
The following worksheets have been designed for use in conjunction with the Art and History resource Colony to Nation: First Contact. It includes important background information about the artworks and links to the Victorian History Curriculum.
This teacher resource includes activities and projects which have been flexibly designed to support learning both in the Gallery and the classroom.