Saturday, July 25, 2015

Eureka Stockade

From Angus: 

The Eureka Stockade was a dramatic Australian history event taking place in the 1850’s in Ballarat,Victoria. The miners or diggers had come, from all over the world, to Ballarat to mine for gold.

There were people from China and America mining for gold alongside the Australians. The diggers needed a licence to mine for gold.There were police officers who would go on a licence hunt asking people to show them their licences. If miners were found without a licence, the officers would tie them to a log for the whole night until they paid the fee but if it was not paid by morning they would be sent to prison.The diggers were sick of this and one night they all came together to take a stand for freedom and burnt their licences. This is what started the Eureka Rebellion- the short war where 8 officers and twenty two diggers died.This battle was fought on the 3rd of December 1854. The diggers eventually and finally won their freedom and they were freed from the unreasonable rules.

Original Eureka Flag
From Dylan:

In the 1850s, people from all around the world came to Ballarat to mine for gold, but it wasn't easy as they thought it would be.
The Government saw what was happening and told the miners that they would to pay 30 shillings for a licence. Each month they would have to pay a fee of 10 shillings, if they did not pay this they would be tied to a log till they got the money. But in 1854 the miners stood up to this by raising their own flag to show that they didn't want to pay anymore.It was followed with a big fight and the  miners building their own wooden stockade. Twenty two miners and 8 soldiers died in the fight. Three years later the miners had the right to vote. The miners were able to mine in peace without the government down their throats.

 From Eden: 

On 3rd December, 1854, occurred a very dramtic event in Australian history.The gold miners had become agitated with how much they had to pay to mine, considering how little some of them found. Thousands of miners gathered and flew the Eureka flag, a blue flag with a white cross and five stars to symbolise the Southern Cross. The redcoats were alerted and, following the flying of the Eureka flag, there was a short but bloody battle where twenty two miners and eightof the police were killed. The battle didn't stimulate immediate change, a;lthough three years later the government granted all men the right to vote.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Visual Literacy for Learning: Samuel Taylor Gill prints teach History

S.T Gill: Diggers on the Way to Bendigo-State Library Vic.

Courtesy of The State Library of Victoria, the Seniors classes have been inspired to make use of the lithographs of Samuel Taylor Gill and other artists to assist their learning about the Goldrush. Using a Core Routine of Visible Thinking: See, Think, Wonder- a routine especially effective for exploring artworks, the students examined a series of Gill's lithographs to prepare for their imminent trip to Sovereign Hill.

SEE: old and young, no women, grassy trail, fishing rod, panning trays, kettle, hats, bags and a dog!
THINK:  walking to look for gold, it's humid and hot because of the light sky and clouds, they are tired because their backs are not straight when they are walking, clothes all seem clean so they are "going" not "returning"
WONDER: What's in the bags? Why have they brought a dog? Are they carrying their food? How long was the trip to the gold fields? Did anyone die on the journey?

 Elisa and Ciaran
Charles A. Doudiet: Eureka Riot 1854

SEE: the Eureka Hotel, town, wind, fire, dust, soldiers, crowd, hills, rioting
THINK: The hotel has caught fire!  The townspeople are angry because of what has happened! There's a battle going on!
WONDER: What's happening here? Who has caused this? What are the soldiers doing? How did the fire start and why is there rioting?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What is Story?

What is story?
Kitty: Story is some true or mythical information about the past, how the world was created or just your imagination.Story can also help your imagination and the way you see the world.

 Chloe: Stories help us to remember, they can be a tradition and they can inspire us and guide us through our path of life. They also teach us what and what not to do.

Ciaran:  What is story? Story is the passing on memories to future generations. It expands people's imagination until they too, tell the same story. 

Stephanie: I believe that it is important for everyone to have a story to pass on to future generations, show others your story past and present or just to keep memories alive.


Monday, July 13, 2015


Today we began our new inquiry with the Rich Question: How has Australia's Story Grown and Developed? We completed the Solo Hexagon activity which meant we joined the hexagons according to their words and grouped them together. It was a fun activity which started us thinking about our new history topic. Afterwards we had to justify why we had grouped the hexagons in a particular way. They are only blu-tacked so, as we learn, we may be able to adjust our thinking and grouping.


Eden and Mrs Y
Getting Started!
Making Connections