The Phoenix Foundry: Locomotive Builders of Ballarat. The History of a Ballarat Engineering Company. By Bob BUTRIMS & Dave MACARTNEY.
Here at Sovereign Hill we are in an enviable position as we are able to portray the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in Australia. Our museum contains the best collection of working steam engines in Victoria on permanent public display. Because of this we have developed several online education resources and face to face programs designed to support teachers and students studying this period of Australian history. We are continually searching for more material to help our understandings of this subject. Recently we discovered a new book focusing on one of the key foundries which grew from the gold rush period of Ballarat’s history. Marion Littlejohn, one of our Education Officers, has reviewed this book, which we feel would be a useful addition to any year 9 reference library for Depth Study 1 – the Industrial Revolution.
Exploration/Law and Order
This Blog may contain images and names of deceased people, it may also contain words and descriptive terms that may be offensive to Indigenous Australians.
Bushmans Hut by S. T. Gill. Gold Museum Collection.
Often the perceptions that are held of Aboriginal people during the Gold Rush period of Australian history were that; Aboriginal people were marginalised and only involved on the periphery of mining areas, that they did not understand what was happening and, the experience of Aboriginal people was very negative. Now a new book is casting a whole different perspective on Aboriginal involvement in Goldfields history. “Black Gold” by Dr Fred Cahir of the University of Ballarat provides a wider view of the contributions made by Aboriginal people during the Gold Rush era of Australian history. Dr Cahir gives specific examples to show the contribution to goldfields life by Aboriginal people, in exploration, and Law and Order in Goldfields society. Continue reading
Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution
By Peter FitzSimons
Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution
Published By : William Heinemann, North Sydney, N.S.W. Australia, 2012
The trouble with the Eureka story is that it is very involved and complex. As Education officers at Sovereign Hill, we well know how difficult it is to maintain the interest of an audience when we try to explain the details leading to the bloody storming of the stockade. There are so many important twists and turns that the story teller often falls in a repeating pattern of “and then …. and then… and then…”
Not so Peter FitzSimons in his recent book Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution. Continue reading
Days of my Youth
By Charles Napier Hemy Ra, ARA, RWS, 1841 – 1917
Edited by Peter McGann
Published by Viglione Press, Black Rock, Victoria 2009
This fantastic little book is a great way to personalise students experiences of our History, and provides an opportunity to debate the classification of a source as primary or secondary. Charles Napier Hemy was a renowned maritime artist of the late 19th century. At the age of 10 he accompanied his father on a trip around the world, culminating in a visit to the Goldfields of Victoria in 1851-2. In 1904 Charles sat down on board his yacht Van Der Meer in Falmouth harbour and wrote a journal of his recollections of his travels under sail, and adventures on the Goldfields. Continue reading
Teaching about the Industrial Revolution in Australia
The Industrial Revolution (1750-1914) is a fascinating part of modern world history. It had far-reaching impacts and was the catalyst for dramatic social changes. It is a great option for secondary teachers to choose as a Year 9 Depth Study in the new AusVELS History course.
New Teaching Kit focused on AusVELS level 5
Home Bound by ST Gill (Gold Museum Collection)
The Education team at Sovereign Hill have just completed a new resource for teachers of History at AusVELS level 5. The Settlement of Victoria. It provides some practical advice on teaching the content and skills required by the National Curriculum, as well as online links to resources for teachers and students. The kit also provides links to a Teachers Guide and AusVELS Grid and a Diigo social bookmarking website, dedicated to this topic, so that teachers and students can share their resources.
Just follow this link to find out more.
Are you implementing AusVELS in your school yet? How are you coping with the changes?
Planning an Anniversary Event at your school
Many schools plan history events for significant anniversaries of their school’s founding. These events are a great way to immerse students in history that is directly relevant to them and their communities. We often have queries for ideas and support of these events, so we thought we’d share with you some of our tips for holding a great anniversary event.
A new resource: the Gold Museum blog
Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum has recently started a blog to uncover their collection, share interesting behind-the scenes stories and also offer research tips and advice.
Engaging Students in Australian History Studies
Yesterday The Age featured an article about History in the Australian Curriculum. Specifically they were referring to the decision not to make a specific Australian History subject part of the national curriculum in the Senior Years. Modern and Ancient History are the two subjects to be offered.
Front page of The Age – 10 July 2012
The Transit of Venus and it’s Connection to Australian History
Coming up this Wednesday 6th June, the planet Venus will cross in front of the sun. This phenomenon is known as the Transit of Venus and we are fortunate enough to be able to view it in Australia. This is a rare opportunity as the Transit only occurs twice in more than 100 years. It last occurred in June 2004 and after this week it will not be seen until December 2117!