Coniston Massacre — What happened at Coniston in 1928?

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Case Study Overview

In 1928 at least 31 and possibly more than one hundred Indigenous people were killed near Alice Springs after a local dingo trapper was found dead. A Government Inquiry found the killings were justified. Were they? How can such a terrible event have happened? Students investigate the evidence to try to establish the facts, and to understand the attitudes, values and clash of cultures that made these events possible.

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Case Study unit of work inquiry structure

  • Activity 1: Understanding a key concept
  • Activity 2: Visiting the scene of the events
  • Activity 3: What happened at Coniston in 1828?
  • Activity 4: Coming to a conclusion
  • Activity 5: How has the Coniston Massacre been commemorated?
  • Activity 6: Reflection and Creating a final representation of the Coniston Massacre

For Primary & Secondary Students

• Australia as a nation

• Rights and freedoms (1945 - present)

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