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Significant individuals: Caroline Chisholm

Excursion Summary

Stage 3
45 minutes




In this virtual excursion, you will learn more about this determined woman who changed the lives of many through her problem solving, philanthropy and charitable works. 

Follow her journey across continents and uncover the characteristics which enabled her to succeed in a society ruled by men.  A woman of vision with a can-do attitude, she was responsible for establishing the Female School of Industry for the Daughters of European Soldiers in Madras and the Female Immigrants home in Sydney. She even set up an employment agency in Australia! 

Using  collection items from the State Library collections, students will explore life in early Sydney and engage in interactive activities and discussion.

This is a story that will inspire you! 

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

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




45 minutes

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