Students create a timeline of Australian migration in the 1800s. Discuss with students the significant events to include in their timeline. The Migration Heritage website may help students with their research
Show the journey from England to Australia including stops along the way by either hand drawing or using an online mapping tool like Google maps http://maps.google.com or Scribble maps http://scribblemaps.com/
Life on board the ships
What did the BtN story tell you about living conditions on the ships travelling to Australia in the 1800s? Students research in more detail what life was like at sea for migrants on board the ships.
How long was the journey on the ships from England to Australia?
What was hygiene like on board the ships?
What food was eaten?
What was the accommodation like for passengers?
What pests were on the ships?
What diseases were common on board the ships (typhoid, malaria and scurvy)?
How were sick people treated?
How did weather affect the journey?
What was a typical day on board the ships (including daily routines)?
Students can show their learning in one of the following ways:
Write a letter to your family home in England describing the conditions on board the ship and how you’re feeling.
Write a diary entry that describes living conditions on board the ship including information about hygiene and sickness. Include a reflection on how you’re feeling about being on the ship.
Create an artwork that shows an aspect of life on board the ships.
Images from the ships
Below are some photos and drawings that show an aspect of life on board the ships. Students create a caption for each image and then choose one to explore in more detail. They can present the information as a poster and create a class display.