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Unit Outline

Unit Duration

Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia

6 weeks 8 lessons plus an excursion

(including from ONE Asian country) and the reasons they

migrated, such as World War II and Australian migration
programs since the war (ACHHK115)

Big Ideas/key concepts

The Key concepts I want students to learn are

Bonegilla was a Migrant Reception

The Chinese migrated for various
There were different
reasons/circumstances for migration
Migrants all had different experiences

Why does this learning matter?


The understanding of why the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre

allows the student to gain an understanding of the circumstances that
Australia facing after WWII that they needed skilled workers and to
repopulate, it allows the child to recognise had Australia come to be
so multicultural and lastly it explains how this nation become exposed
to certain foods, different agricultural practices and the development
of structures for example different types of houses
Looking at the migration of the Chinese explains how migration
occurred before the war, the gold rush. However it also brings to light
the white Australia policy which explains how Australia wanted a
white nation. This is important to discuss and for students to have an
understanding of because it explains why there is large numbers of
migrants from certain countries for example Europe
By students understanding why people migrated to Australia (push
and pull factors) it allows them to gain an understanding of why
migration occurs, this task will also assist with developing empathy
within the student when looking at war struck countries, families
who left with nothing and need a safe place to live
It is important that students have an understanding that all migrant
experiences are different because it allows them to look at different
experience and therefore they are looking at different perspectives it

also allows the childs mind set to develop and therefore they
understand that just because one person had a bad experience it
doesnt mean that they all did
Place in scope & sequence/Building the

comparing push and pull factors that have

contributed to people migrating to Australia (for
example economic migrants and political refugees)


exploring individual narratives using primary

sources (for example letters, documents and historical
objects); interviewing and recording an oral history;
dramatising the journey and circumstances of arrival
based on the sources


describing cultural practices related to family life,

beliefs and customs of newly-arrived migrant groups
and comparing these with those of the communities in
which they settled within Australia


connecting stories of migration to students' own

family histories (where appropriate)

Teaching Strategies

ask questions

Target Outcomes
Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia
over time
Key Inquiry Questions

Who were the people who came to Australia?

Why did they come?
What contribution did the Chinese make to Australian society?

Content of learning/order of activities:


define migration
look at the reasons for migration
in depth study into why the Chinese migrated
contribution that migrants made to Australia
understanding of the Bonegilla Migrate Camp
Bonegilla experience (excursion)
Discussion of camp, looking at the migrates who
went through the camp
8. Diary entry from perspective of person in the camp
achieved from YouTube and reading of diary

ICT targets


Explanation and communication

Major Assessment Task

Use a range of communication forms

(oral, graphic, written) and digital
technologies (ACHHS125)

Groups PowerPoint presentation which

focuses on the contribution that a certain
nationality has made to Australian
society students should make special
mention of particular individuals from
that nationality which enhanced the
contribution. Along with this major
assessment students will be given an
issue map this will assist them with the
development of ideas but it will also give

Teaching resource VEA YouTube documentary
1. Australia Migration (1788-1900) The
Colonial Years refer to: (also links to the
Chinese experience)
2. Australian Migration (1901-1945) The
Federation Years migration policies
3. Australian Migration (1945 onwards)

you an insight to their thought process.

Minor Tasks
Comparison of a migrant suitcase
to their own suitcase
Diary entry
Tasks which show knowledge
KWL sheet
Questions that the students would
like answered when visiting
Verbal feedback from Bonegilla
Answers to trivia questions

post WWII the Italian experience
Bonegilla remembering Bonegilla
This link shows the experiences of three
different people from the camp
Screen Australia YouTube clip which examines
the conditions at Bonegilla Migrate Reception

Bonegilla Then and Now
(when watching clip look at the type of clothing,
living conditions, facial expression, types of
activities participating in)
History of Immigration in Australia
Bonegilla Teacher notes link:

Worksheets listed at end of document