Why were colonies founded in Australia?

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY MYSTERIES

Have you ever wondered why the state or territory you live in was settled after the arrival of the Europeans in 1788? Well you can be pretty sure it was for one of two main reasons – either as a gaol for convicts, or because of the land, to graze sheep or cattle.

Three of the states were started as gaols – New South Wales, where the First Fleet arrived; Queensland,which began when Moreton Bay was settled, now called Brisbane, and Van Diemen’s Land, now known as Tasmania.

But why were the other states and territories, originally called colonies, settled by the British Government? That is what you will investigate in this interactive unit. You will get the chance to examine the birth and growth of one colony in particular and then you will be able to use your own research skills to explore the history of your own state or territory.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF BY EXPLORING THIS FREE-TRIAL HISTORY MYSTERY AT
www.australianhistorymysteries.info/resource-zone/primary-colonies/