Significant Individuals: Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson

Excursion Summary

Duration: 
45 minutes

Details

Step back in time to 1813 and follow the journey of Gregory Blaxland, William Charles Wentworth and William Lawson as they make their way over the Blue Mountains to find out what was on the other side. Motivated by thoughts of adventure and determined to find more grazing land to the west, Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson entered the history books when they headed up the mountains, taking almost the exact same path as the Great Western Highway does today. 

In this virtual excursion, students will engage with original primary source material from the State Library collection and uncover how these three explorers contributed to the development of Australia and why their adventure is still significant today.  

Curriculum outcomes

  • HT3-1 describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia  
  • HT3-2 describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time  
  • HT3-5 applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication 

 

Content: 

 Students:  

  • use a range of sources to investigate the role of a particular man, woman or group and the contributions each made to the shaping of the colony    
  • The contribution of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and migrants, to the development of Australian society, for example in areas such as the economy, education, sciences, the arts, sport(ACHHK116)  

Please note

This session, artworks, film and sound clips are protected by copyright and may not be recorded, reproduced or used in any way without the express written consent of the State Library of NSW.

Booking Details

Cost

Free

Duration

45 minutes 

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