The wool pioneers

The Learn About Wool resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 5 students to study the Australian Colonies in the context of the emerging wool industry. The following resources provide plenty of opportunities for students to explore the expansion of farming and the lives of individuals who played a significant role in what has become a key industry for the Australian economy.

The following curriculum-based resource package includes a variety of interactive resources, including downloadable PDF factsheets, websites, age-appropriate video clips and publications.

Links with the Australian Curriculum

Students can investigate the following resources to help them explore the development of the Australian pastoral industries and explain its economic, social and political impact on a colony, investigate the contribution or significance of an individual or group to the shaping of a colony in the 1800s (for example individuals such as, Elizabeth and John Macarthur, Eliza Forlonge).

Knowledge and understanding | History

The impact of a significant development or event on a colony; for example frontier conflict, the gold rushes, the Eureka Stockade, internal exploration, the advent of rail, the expansion of farming, drought (ACHHK095)

Knowledge and understanding | History

The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony; for example, explorers, farmers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, humanitarians, religious and political leaders, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples (ACHHK097)

Historical skills

Opportunities exist to incorporate the full strand depending on the classroom activity being undertaken (ACHHS098, ACHHS099, ACHHS100, ACHHS101, ACHHS102, ACHHS103, ACHHS104, ACHHS105, ACHHS106)