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The first fleet: For teachers

Year four Units of Inquiry topic


Stories of the First Fleet, including reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, and their experiences following arrival. 

  • discussing reasons for the First Fleet journey, including an examination of the wide range of crimes punishable by transportation, and looking at the groups who were transported
  • discussing the treatment of prisoners at that time, and past and present views on the colonisation of Australia; investigating the daily lives and social standing of those who travelled to Australia on the First Fleet, including families, children and convict guards


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