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Bushrangers Research Task

Choose an infamous Australian bushranger from the list below. Using your research skills you will need to research your chosen bushranger to find the following information. If you already have a lot of knowledge of one of the listed bushrangers then choose another from the list to learn about.

  • Martin Cash
  • Frank Gardiner
  • Ben Hall
  • Captain Thunderbolt
  • Harry Power
  • Ned Kelly
  • What was your bushranger’s full name?
  • When and where was your bushranger born?
  • What were some of your bushranger’s most infamous crimes?
  • How, where and when was your bushranger finally caught?
  • What punishment did they receive for their crimes?
  • When and where did they die?
  • Any other significant information you discover.

You will present your information in a Pages document on your iPad. Remember to include a picture of your bushranger (with a reference) and also to write any information you find in your own words! You may even like to be creative and present your information as a Wanted poster!

Don’t forget you only have one session to complete this task so use your time efficiently!


BTN (Behind The News) – Ned Kelly

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Ned Kelly’. Once you have viewed the story you need to answer the following questions in your language book. Remember you need to include the question AND the answer.

  1. What type of outlaw was Ned Kelly?
  2. Where was Ned Kelly’s ‘Last Stand’? What year was it?
  3. What was significant about the first film made about Ned Kelly?
  4. What were the names of the other members of the Kelly Gang?
  5. What were some of the crimes mentioned in the BtN story that Ned Kelly and his gang committed?
  6. How old was Ned Kelly when he was hanged?
  7. What is the purpose of the archaeological study of the location of the Glenrowan Inn?
  8. What have the archaeologists found? Who do they think they belong to?
  9. What myth/story about Ned Kelly’s ‘Last Stand’ are they hoping to solve?
  10. Why do you think that Ned Kelly is still seen as a significant person in Australian History?

BTN (Behind The News) – Eureka Stockade

Click on the link above to view the BtN Story ‘Eureka Stockade’. Once you have watched the story you need to complete the following questions in your language book. Remember to answer the questions with the question in red pen and the answer in blue.

1. When is the anniversary for the Eureka Stockade?
2. Where was the Eureka Stockade? Locate using Google Maps.
3. What is the Eureka Stockade? Explain what happened.
4. What happens at Sovereign Hill?
5. What was mined in Ballarat Victoria in the 1850s?
a. Copper
b. Diamonds
c. Gold
6. Describe what life was like for the miners.
7. What did the miners call themselves?
8. What happened to the miners if they didn’t hold a license?
9. How has the Eureka Stockade contributed
to democracy in Australia?
10. What does the Eureka flag look like and what does it symbolise?

BTN (Behind The News) – Gold Rush

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Gold Rush’. Once you have viewed the story you need to complete the following questions into your language book. You need to present your work with the questions and the answers.

  1. When was gold first found in Australia?
  2. Describe what happened after the first discovery.
  3. Why do gold mines close?
  4. Describe the different ways gold was mined.
  5. `If the costs outweighed the benefits the mine would close’. What are the costs and benefits of mining gold?
  6. Why are they now opening some gold mines again?
  7. What has happened to the price of gold recently?
  8. Why are some people against mines being re-opened?
  9. Illustrate an aspect of the Gold rush story.
  10. Name three facts you learnt in the Gold rush story.

Australian Explorers

Click on the link below to view a website on Australian Explorers.

Choose one of the explorers to research using this website and at least one other site. (Remember to reference your websites)

Create a Pages document with your research of your explorer.

Information to research:

When and where was your explorer born?

What were some of the expeditions that your explorer went on? Where did they explore?

What were some of your explorers major achievements? (Focus on their exploration)

What happened to your explorer?

Find an image of your explorer to include in your Pages presentation – must be referenced


Find an image of a map of Australia (referenced) and import it into Explain Everything. On the map draw the route taken by your explorer as they explored inland/coastal Australia.

Finally include this image in your Pages presentation



In the footsteps of Burke & Wills

Read the news article IN FOOTSTEPS OF BURKE AND WILLS. After reading the article answer the following questions.

Why is Harry undertaking this journey?

Who will accompany Harry on his journey?

What distance will Harry travel?

What does this sentence mean……. Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills began their ill fated trip in 1860.

What sort of hardships will Harry and his animals have to endure?

On the link below you can research what was taken on the expedition.  Will Harry take the same supplies?  Perhaps he will stop at KFC instead?????

Research what supplies were taken on the original expedition and suggest alternatives for Harry to take with him.  Make two lists   THEN      NOW

Splash – Early Explorers


Discussion Questions:

Notice what happens when another ship is first sighted from a distance.

How do the sailors react?

What do they do next?

How does the situation change when they know where the other ship comes from?

Find ‘Encounter Bay’ on a map of South Australia.

Can you suggest why Flinders chose this name? (Hint: find the meaning of ‘encounter’.)


The clip shows many other places named by Baudin at this time such as ‘Terre Napoleon’ and ‘Baie des Mornes’.

Can you find these places on a modern map?

Why do you think this is the case?

Can you find any other place names around Encounter Bay and Kangaroo Island that might be related to Baudin’s and Flinders’s voyage.

Think about the conversation between the two captains on board Baudin’s ship? Each explorer has different priorities (things they think are most important). List these priorities. As expedition leaders why might they think one thing is more important than another?

Early Explorers

Early Explorers



Start a new slide on your Keynote ‘How Australia Became A Nation.’

Heading – Burke and Wills

Answer the questions from the text in detail. You can use images to add some pictures to your slides, but you need to reference them.

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BTN (Behind The News) – Maritime Past

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Maritime Past’, Once you’ve watched the story you need to complete the task below.


On the sheet of A3 paper provided draw a simple illustration of a ship that was used to transport people to Australia in the early 19th century. Using the information from the BTN clip label your boat and include interesting facts about traveling on these vessels during this time.

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