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 2016 to include further primary resources for history and curriculum information and activities in other subjects.

Voyage Game Resources

Classroom activities
Convict stories  - Elizabeth Blair

Australian Curriculum History Connections


Australian communities – their past, present and possible futures (colonial Australia in the 1800s)
Inquiry questions
What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?
How did colonial settlement change the environment?
What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?
Knowledge and Understanding (History)
Reasons (economic, political and social) for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800 (esp. VDL) ACHASSK106
The nature of convict or colonial presence, including … patterns of development, daily life and how the environment changed. ACHASSK107
The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group… ACHASSK109
The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony. ACHASSK110
The impact of a significant development or event on an Australian colony. ACHASSK108
Historical Skills
Questioning – develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry. ACHASSI094
Researching - locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources. ACHASSI095
Researching –organise and represent data in a range of formats using discipline-appropriate conventions. ACHASSI096
Researching –sequence information about people’s lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods. ACHASSI097
Analysing – Examine primary and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose. ACHASSI098
Analysing– Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present. ACHASSI099
Analysing – Interpret data … to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns & trends, and infer relationships. ACHASSI100
Evaluating and reflecting – evaluate evidence to draw conclusions. ACHASSI101
Evaluating and reflecting – work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges. ACHASSI102
Evaluating and reflecting – use criteria to make decisions and judgements and … preferring one decision over others. ACHASSI103
Evaluating and reflecting – reflect … to propose personal/collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict effects. ACHASSI104
Communicating –present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes. ACHASSI105

The making of the modern world (Depth Studies: The Industrial Revolution and the Movement of Peoples)
Inquiry questions
What were the changing features of the movements of people from 1750 to 1918?
How did new ideas and technological developments contribute to change in this period?
What was the origin, development, significance and long-term impact of imperialism in this period?
Historical Knowledge and Understanding: Overview content
The nature and significance of the Industrial Revolution and how it affected living and working conditions, including…Australia. ACOKFH016
The nature and extent of the movement of peoples in the period (convicts and settlers) ACOKFH015
The extent of European imperial expansion and different responses. ACOKFH017
Historical Knowledge and Understanding: Making a better world? Depth Study 1, The Industrial Revolution, 1750-1914
Technological innovations that led to the Industrial Revolution. ACDSEH017
The population movements and changing settlement patterns during this period. ACDSEH080
The experiences of men, women and children during the Industrial Revolution, and their changing way of life. ACDSEH081
The short and long-term impacts of the Industrial Revolution, including global changes in landscapes, transport and communication. ACDSEH082
Historical Knowledge and Understanding: Making a better world? Depth Study 3, The Movement of Peoples, 1750-1901
The influence of the Industrial Revolution on the movement of peoples throughout the world, including … convict transportation. ACDSEH018
Experiences of … convicts and free settlers upon departure, journey abroad, reactions on arrival, including the Australian experience. ACDSEH083
Changes in the way of life of a group(s) of people who moved to Australia in this period, such as free settlers … in Australia. ACDSEH084
The short and long-term impacts of the movement of peoples during this period. ACDSEH085
Historical Skills
Chronology – use … sequencing to demonstrate the relationship between events and developments in different periods and places. ACHHS164
Chronology, terms & concepts – use historical terms and concepts. ACHHS165
Historical questions & research –identify and select different kinds of questions about the past to inform historical inquiry. ACHHS166
Historical questions & research –evaluate and enhance these questions. ACHHS167
Historical questions & research –identify and locate relevant sources, using ICT and other methods. ACHHS168
Analysis & use of sources –identify the origin, purpose and context of primary and secondary sources. ACHHS169
Analysis & use of sources –process and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in an historical argument. ACHHS170
Analysis & use of sources –evaluate the reliability and usefulness of primary and secondary sources. ACHHS171
Perspectives & interpretations - identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past. ACHHS172
Perspectives & interpretations–identify and analyse different historical interpretations (including their own). ACHHS173
Explanation & communication - develop texts … that use evidence from a range of sources that are referenced. ACHHS174
Explanation & communication - select and use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies. ACHHS175