A 13-slide teaching presentation about the political struggles gold miners faced in their efforts to obtain wealth.
Students will explore the working conditions and regulations gold miners adhered to and how political decisions affected the daily lives of these hard-working people. Students will learn the importance of industrial relations and will consider how egalitarian ideals formed during the Gold Rush era influenced workers rights and led to the democracy Australians enjoy today.
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Australian Gold Rush Unit Plan
This Australian Gold Rush unit investigates the historical discovery of Australia’s Gold Rush period, from the mid-to-late 1800s. Ideas include the discovery of gold, mining lifestyle, wealth and success, social consequences, and how these shaped the Australia we live in today.
Australian Curriculum alignment
The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony
The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony
The impact of a significant development or event on an Australian colony
The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants (including Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) and how the environment changed
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