NAIDOC WEEK 2021 THEME Heal Country!

Wondering how to commemorate NAIDOC WEEK? Heal Country calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. The best way to do this is through education – exploring our … Continue reading

Who were the orphan girls who came to Australia in the late 1840s?


YEAR 9 SPECIAL BONUS UNIT FOR THE IN DEPTH CASE STUDY : Movement of peoples (1750 – 1901) 

Who were the Orphan Girls who came to Australia in the 1840s?

In this unit you can investigate the experiences of a very specific group of arrivals to the colonies in the mid C19th. They helped make the Australia we have today and have lots of descendants.

They were free assisted migrants but were very different to other migrants of this type. They were orphan girls – more than 4,000 of them – who were taken from the work houses in Ireland and sent to Australia to become domestic servants and wives for the colonial settlers.


What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?

This unit includes a video and online activities that are iPad friendly. Enjoy!




Sharing Family and Local history with the National Museum of Australia

Ryebuck Media is working with the National Museum of Australia to encourage primary and secondary students to research defining moments that have shaped their own family and community histories. Online games and a Youth Challenge program will launch NMA’s Defining Moments Digital Classroom in 2020. Continue reading