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Colonial Victoria: online history excursion

1 hour
Year level
Free until 25 June

Please note: this program is free to book for the remainder of term two.

Introduce your students to a compelling range of primary sources and historical perspectives from Victoria’s complex colonial era.

For younger students

Younger students will be engaged, delighted and challenged by tales from Victoria’s past, enriching their understanding of the present.

Students in Years 3 to 8 will:

  • explore perspectives of significant Victorians from the past, linked to key objects from the Library’s collection
  • examine the causes and effects of European settlement in Victoria
  • identify primary and secondary sources
  • explore how Melbourne has changed over time.

For senior students

Senior students will examine and consider a range of sources and perspectives to sharpen their historical and critical thinking skills.

Students in Years 9 to VCE will learn to:

  • conduct historical source analyses of John Batman’s deed and Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie letter
  • use artworks to explore how Melbourne has changed over time
  • pair sources to build an understanding of the colonial dating scene
  • discuss the importance of recognising multiple historical perspectives​.

This virtual program is supported by the Percy Baxter Charitable Fund and Margaret Ross AM.

For schools with an ICSEA ranking below 1000, this program is made possible by the generous support of Gandel Philanthropy. 

Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter, also supported by Gandel Philanthropy, is a purpose-built space for children and families to read, learn and play, with an associated program of activities.

Term three program

This workshop will continue to run online for the duration of term three (11 June to 16 September 2021) and is designed for classes of up to 90 students.

The cost is $130 per session (plus a $6.60 booking fee), and bookings can be made through the button below

Book for term three

For more information

Please email to find out more about this program.