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Industrial Revolution In Australia

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Year 9

Session Description

Students experience Sovereign Hill’s collection of working steam engines to explore how the Industrial Revolution affected living and working conditions in Australia. They compare the strength of horse and muscle to the mighty steam engine.

Classroom Resources

AusVELS History bookmark site.This site provides annotated links to educational websites. Look for those with the Industrial_Revolution tag.
The Industrial Revolution Comes to Ballarat
. This is a Discover It Yourself activity. BYO Camera.
Video: The Industrial Revolution Comes to Australia. This video give students some ideas about where to look for evidence of the Industrial Revolution at Sovereign Hill.
Video: Understanding the Industrial Revolution is a plain English exploration of the principles of steam technology using some of Sovereign Hill’s working steam engines.


Australian Curriculum

The Making of the Modern World and Australia
Industrial Revolution (1750 - 1914)
Historical Knowledge:

  • Causes that led to the Industrial Revolution, and other conditions and ideas that influenced the industrialisation of Britain and of Australia
  • Causes of population movements and settlement patterns during this period and the significant changes to the way of life of groups of people
  • Different experiences and perspectives of individuals or groups and how ideas, beliefs and values changed during the significant events of the Industrial Revolution
  • Significant effects of the Industrial Revolution, including global changes in landscapes, movements of people, development and influence of ideas, political and social reforms, and transport and communication

Environmental change and management focuses on investigating environmental geography. It begins with an overview of environmental change and the factors that influence it. Students investigate a specific environmental change in Australia and one other country. They examine the causes and consequences of the change and strategies to manage the change.
Relevant Key question
What are the causes and consequences of change in places and environments?

Students explore the relationship between economic performance and living standards as well as the reasons why these differ across regions within and between economies.

Ethical Capabilities
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.

Critical and Creative Thinking
In Levels 9 and 10, the curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding to recognise and manage what is often implicit in thinking. Students learn and apply techniques to progress, analyse and evaluate thinking. Students develop an understanding that it is often necessary to take a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.