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Year 9

Session Description

How were the Chinese treated on the Goldfields and what implications did this have for Federation?

We highly recommend Sovereign Hill’s Anti Chinese League play which takes place for 20 minutes most days in the Victoria Theatre. (Ask when booking)

Classroom resources

Teaching Kit: New Gold Mountain kit (Chinese on the Goldfields)
Student Activities: Victorian Goldfields Population - Using Maths in History, Chinese Miners on the Victorian Goldfields - Using Maths in History
Bibliography: Gold Rush Immigration.
Audio: Chinese For Creswick, They are a great Nuisance, Inferior Races
Useful internet sites: Public Records Office -Unnassisted Passengers List, Public Records Office - Assisted British Immigration List (Search for Chinese names)


Victorian Curriculum

The Making of the Modern World and Australia
Australia and Asia
Historical Knowledge:

  • Students investigate the history of either Australia and/or an Asian society in the period 1750 - 1918.
  • Key social, cultural, economic, and political features of one society at the start of the period
  • Significant events and influencing ideas in the development of the society, including different perspectives of the events at the time and different historical interpretations and debates
  • Patterns of continuity and change and their effects on influencing movements of people, ways of life and living conditions, political and legal institutions, and cultural expression around the turn of the twentieth century
  • Different experiences and perspectives of non-Europeans and their perspectives on changes to society, significant events, ideas, beliefs and values
  • Position of the society in relation to other nations in the world by 1918 including the effects of ideas and movements of people

Ethical Capability
In Levels 9 and 10, the curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understandings to analyse and evaluate ethical problems and their resolution and to identify and manage contestability in ethical matters. Students reflect on whether there are ethical concepts and principles common across people, groups and cultures.

Intercultural Capability
In Levels 9 and 10, the curriculum focus is on developing the knowledge, skills and understandings to engage in complex discussions about interrelationships within and between cultures. This includes the less tangible aspects of culture such as values, attitudes, roles, religious beliefs and ways of thinking.