Voyage across the globe in this interactive online game.
The year is 1830. You're the Surgeon Superintendent aboard a convict vessel transporting its human cargo from Britain to the far reaches of the known world – Van Diemen’s Land. You're charged with delivering several hundred convicts to the colony in the shortest time with minimum loss of life. This is the way to make money and further your reputation and position. Are you up to the task?
The Voyage is an online game based on real convict voyages. Players make decisions, solve problems and deal with conflicts on a perilous journey across the globe. Sign on for your voyage here!
On the voyages the Surgeons General were generally young, and often did several voyages to earn rewards. At the end of their voyaging career those that chose to stay in Australia were given grants to set up a medical practice in the colony, which often came with a parcel of land.
As the population of Tasmania grew this had major repercussions for Indigenous people of the area, as well as the environment. People were pushed off their land resulting in loss of cultural practices and traditions.
The two films below - European Impact and Fear and Anger - show the impact of this on the Indigenous people of Tasmania, both then and now.
Aboriginal Tasmanians talk about the arrival of Europeans on tall ships.
Descendants of convicts discuss their ancestors and how discovering their stories provides historical context about their life.
Historians talk about the experience of women and children on convict voyages.
Historian Kristyn Harman on the European occupation of Tasmania.
Some of Australia’s leading convict historians dispel some of the myths about convict life and voyages.
The game developers talk about some of the challenges involved in making the game fun but also historically correct.
Further Study - recommended online Indigenous education resources:
The Australian National Maritime Museum would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pay respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and their Elders past and present.
Our collection contains hundreds of objects, artworks, documents and other primary sources relating to early voyages and convict transportation. Browse a selection of highlights below or search the collection online.
You may like to try some of these activities to complement and extend your classwork on The Voyage game. Most can be adapted to suit a range of ages and abilities. A variety of teaching and learning strategies should be used to assist students to reflect on their own learning. Activities should address a range of learning styles and preferences, and challenge students of all abilities.
Assessment could be through a series of informal activities and observations, plus a formal assessment task which outlines the outcomes, task requirements, assessment criteria and marking guidelines. This may be a piece of creative writing, the presentation of some research, a response to a given question or a group activity.
These activities and source materials will help you to further explore the world of 18th and 19th century convict transportation from Britain to Australia.They're designed to complement and extend your classwork on the Voyage Game. Some may be also be useful as pre-game exercises and most can be adapted to suit a range of ages and abilities. A variety of teaching and learning strategies should be used to assist students to reflect on their own learning.
Although these resources focus primarily on history, the Voyage Game has many curriculum connections in subject areas such as English, Mathematics, Science, Visual Arts, Computer Science and Technology as well as the cross-curriculum priorities. The resources will be expanded in 2018 to include further primary resources for history and curriculum information and activities in other subjects.
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Australia National Maritime Museum
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Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
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sydney NSW 2000, AU
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