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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?

Peter Lalor Research Activity

Click on the link above to find out some information about Peter Lalor. Using this website and at least one other research Peter Lalor and include the information in a Pages document on your iPad.

Some information to research can include.

1. Why is Peter Lalor significant in Australian History?

2. When and where was he born?

3. When and why did he come to Australia?

4. What jobs did he have in his lifetime?

5. When and where did he die?

6. What is your opinion of Peter Lalor and what he did/achieved?

7. Include an image of Peter Lalor.

You can also include some other information you discover. Remember be creative and try to find some facts that are different from your peers.

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



Read the text on each of these explorer cards.

Explorers Page 1

Explorers Page 2

After reading the text complete the following questions.

  1. What are two reasons Australia was difficult to explore?
  2. Why do you think Strzelecki, Mitchell and Giles wanted to explore Australia?
  3. How different do you think the Australian landscape is from when the early explorers first explored it?
  4. If you were an early explorer, where in Australia would you have liked to explore? Why would you like to have explorer here?
  5. What ten things would you have taken with you on your expedition?

First Fleet Ships

This term we have been learning about the harrowing journey taken by the first transport ships to Australia  We know that conditions were harsh and cramped, but just how big or small were these boats? In small teams you will be allocated one of a selection of ships. Read through the information provided about your ship to find the measurements. Note, most measurements are given in feet, therefore you will need to convert these measurements to metres. Your challenge is the measure and mark out the size of your ship using tape measures, trundle wheels, witches hats etc. You and your team will need to work together out on the oval. Once you have ‘constructed’ your ship, take a photo of you and your team on-board using your iPad. Good-luck!


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