This term we are learning more about Australian history.  Our focus questions are:

* Why and how did Australia become a nation?

* How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?

* Who were the people who came to Australia?  Why did they come?

* What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?


So far, we have discovered:

* Australia hasn’t always been a nation.  There used to be six colonies with their own set of rules.

* The six colonies were Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

* If you bought something from another colony you had to pay a tarrif on it.  Tarrifs are like taxes.

* Colonies had different sized railway tracks so you had to swap trains.

* In the late 1800s lots of people started to like the idea of becoming one country because national pride was increasing and it would mean a better defence against possible invasions.

* Not everyone liked the idea.  Smaller colonies were worried that colonies with larger populations (New South Wales and Victoria) would dominate.

* After many meetings (called conventions) and drafts of rules, a referendum (like a vote) was held and Australia finally became the Commonwealth of Australia.  This is called the Federation of Australia.


This week we had to find out five facts about Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton.  We had 15 minutes to research and record our facts as dot points.  We then created a Voki using our facts.  Our Vokis had to look and sound as ‘life like’ as possible.


Bailey and Daniel made this Voki:

Chelsea’s Voki:

Madison and Billie’s Voki:


Eve and Alicia’s Voki:

What facts do you know about Australia’s history?

If you researched an important person from Australia’s past, who would it be? Why?