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

70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin

2012 is the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

On 19 February 1942, World War II was brought to the shores of Australia when
the Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin. On this day over 243 people, both
armed forces personnel and civilians, lost their lives. Continue reading