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Significant individuals: Quong Tart

Excursion Summary

Stage 3
45 minutes


Significant individuals: Quong Tart virtual excursion preview

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You may never have heard of Quong Tart, yet his story has so much to teach us about the wonders and challenges of life in Australia in the 1800s.

In this virtual excursion we follow Quong Tart’s life journey from his birthplace in China to his tea shop in Sydney, stepping into his shoes to face the tough decisions of his times. Your students have one objective: to uncover five mystery artefacts which will bring Quong Tart’s story to life.

Students engage with original primary source material from the State Library collection and critically question and examine these artefacts to construct a deep understanding of how Quong Tart contributed to the development of Australia and why this is still important to us 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

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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