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History: Making a Nation


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Books in the CBL

Take a look in the Christopher Brennan Library for books that will supplement your learning and understanding of the Making a Nation unit.


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Useful Weblinks

The following entries are from Australian Dictionary of Biography on:

Listen here to a discussion about Parkes' Tenterfield Oration from ABC Splash.

Australian History Timeline 

Australian History Timeline is a multilayered website featuring an interactive historical timeline of Australia divided in to decades. 

Impacts of European settlement in Australia

Colonisation This weblink by Australians Together discusses the impact of colonisation on Indigenous Australians. 

Our Shared History This weblink by Reconciliation Australia presents the shared history of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians, being 60 000 years ago, before contact. 

Convicts and British colonies in Australia This weblink by the Australian Government presents information about convicts, their experiences, and transportation to others areas throughout Australia. At the bottom of the page are links to further relevant information.

Convict Life in The Rocks, Sydney Discover what life was like for convicts arriving in Australia in this audiofile by ABC Splash.

Experiences of non-Europeans in Australia prior to the 1900s

The Changing Face of Early Australia This weblink by the Australian Government covers content on Australia's population prior to Federation, Indigenous Australians and social life and culture.

Living and working conditions in Australia at the turn of the 20th century

Getting to Market This entry by The State Library of NSW is about transporting and selling produce at markets in Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Key events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy 1901-1914 Australian Legislation

Milestones in Australian Democracy The weblink by the Museum of Australian Democracy presents a timeline from 1770 of democratic ideas, laws and institutions. 

Australian Parliamentary Timeline This weblink by Parliamentary Education Office presents a timeline of Australian Parliament. There is a link to a closer look of a more detailed account of the history of Australian Parliament. There is also a link to the first Parliament of Australia

Federation Debate

Federation Fast Facts This weblink on the Civics and Citizenship Education website provides a summary of the debate for and against federation. 

Federation This weblink to the Australian Government's website provides an overview of federation. Follow the links at the bottom of the page to further information on federation.

Records of the Australasian Federal Conventions of the 1890s This weblink on the Parliament of Australia website provides access to documents in the debates of the Australasian Federation Conference, 1890; National Australasian Convention, 1891 and Australasian Federation Convention, 1897/8. They are reported to be the most significant founding documents of the Australian nation. 

Discovering Democracy: the road to federation This resource by Scootle details the events that lead to Federation.

Discovering democracy: the people choose This interactive resource by Scootle explores the roles different groups of people played in the Federation process. It also explores the different conventions held to devises the constitution and the role of the Australian people in accepting the constitution.