ONE PEOPLE! ONE DESTINY!
Pathways to Australian Federation
- Code A9
- DVD Video (90 minutes: 3 x 30 minute sections)
- 24 page worksheet booklet designed for class use that reinforces many of the concepts raised in the video
- Suitable ages 14+
- Produced by Astarte Resources © 2000
This video traces the growth of Australian democracy from the first European settlement in 1788 to the declaration of Federation on January 1, 1901.
Divided into three, thirty minute parts, this video will provide your students with the background they need to understand how and why Australia federated.
Using a mixture of on-screen presentation, archival photographs and visits to historical sites where the events being narrated actually occurred, this video will be a refreshing addition to students' studies of this important period of our history.
The video is ideal for students aged 14 and older and can be either used to provide a background to studies in nineteenth century Australian history, or as a detailed examination for studies of Australian federation. In the NSW history syllabus the video is a useful resource to bring students up to date before they embark on studies involving Civics or Federation and 20th century Australian history.
One People! One Destiny! is narrated by Karina Kelly.
Included with the video is a 24 page worksheet booklet with a range of activities that reinforce the issues raised by the video.
The worksheet booklet will allow teachers to structure their lessons so that the video becomes a self-contained unit of study that will take students several lessons to complete.
- To view a sample of the worksheet booklet: Click Here.
To view this sample, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
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The DVD in Detail
Part 1: Self-Government 1788-1855 (30 mins.)
Examines the evolving nature of government in Australia from the landing of the First Fleet to the proclamation of self-government in New South Wales in 1855. It discusses the role of the governor, the rise in power of the Rum Corps and the Exclusives, the rule of Governor Macquarie and the Emancipist campaign led by William Charles Wentworth for a fully-elected New South Wales parliament.
Sites visited include: Central Sydney, First Government House, the Rocks, Parramatta, Elizabeth Farm House, Windsor, the Blue Mountains and Vaucluse House, Sydney.
Part 2: Rebellion 1851-1880 (30 mins.)
Explores the events of the mid to late nineteenth century that helped shape the Australian national character. It begins by examining the foundation of the colony of Victoria, before narrating two pivotal actions that display Australians' desire for the rights of a true democracy - the Eureka Stockade and the saga of Ned Kelly. To balance this, students are also taken to the site of the Lambing Flat riots to show that the Australian concept of democracy during the nineteenth century did not extend to all races of people.
Sites visited include: Central Melbourne, the gold fields at Ballarat, Lambing Flat (Young), Greta, Glenrowan and Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne.
Part 3: Federation 1890-1901 (30 mins.)
Traces the federation movement from 1890 through to 1901 and ends in Canberra with the establishment of our national capital. This section shows students how the 'miracle' of federation was achieved and why the campaign progressed from being a politician's dream to a popular movement. This video also focuses on the development of the constitution to show how our system of government came about. As this section moves from the banks of the Murray River to the centre of our capital cities, students will understand the process and importance of federation.
Sites visited include: Central Sydney and Melbourne, Adelaide, London, Albury, Corowa, Wahgunyah and Canberra.
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