How did people travel in the past?

Topic: People and places
Student activity

This is the student activity 1 of 6 of the People’s connections and access to places learning activity.

Task No. 1

How did people travel in the past?

Item 24: Walkabout magazine : New South Wales photographs [Sydney housing, hotels, sugar, wheat, ferries & bridges, streets & parks, yachting]
A dray, a Ford Model A coupe (1928 model) and a Morris Oxford Roadster (1932 model), in summer rain, Railway Square
Mass of streamers as passenger ship leaves the wharf
Crew of the royal train in front of one the two 36 class locomotives assigned to Gloucester's Royal Train, 3652
K. Davis - Tramwoman at work [and other tram photographs], 1933-1942
School's open; children going to school
Billy cart owned by the boys from Narooma - Narooma, NSW
ANA DC-3 ‘Kurana’ VH-UZK over Melbourne, c. 1940s, by unknown photographer

a. Formulate questions for inquiry

  • How did people from the past get to different places?
  • How do we access different places today? (modes of transport and transport infrastructure)
  • How has technology changed our ability to connect with places?

b. As a class  collectively observe Sources 3 to 10 and discuss how people accessed places in the past.

c. Interview your grandparents or people from two generations ago on how they were able to access different places.

  • Ask questions about their experiences travelling to visit family and friends and where they went on holiday and what transport they used.
  • How did they keep in touch with friends and family who lived a long way away?

d. Looking at each image carefully, answer the following questions:

  • What mode of transport is being used?
  • What infrastructure (built feature) is needed for this mode of transport to operate?
  • What challenges would you encounter using this type of transport?
  • Would you travel short or long distances in this type of transport?
  • Is this type of transport used today? How is it the same or different?