Snowy Hydro-Electric Scheme — A melting pot of different nations?

Case Study Overview

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme is always presented as the beginnings of, and a triumph for, multiculturalism in Australia. If it was, how were former enemies able to work together apparently so successfully in a new community? How were tensions, even hatreds, overcome? Focusing on some specific case studies, students investigate a number of possible explanations and draw their own conclusions about the scheme.

Case Study unit of work inquiry structure (pdf)

  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Activity 1: How do you solve this problem in the school?
    Understanding the main concept(s) raised in the case study
  • Activity 2: Background to the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme
    Exploring sources to understand the Scheme
  • Activity 3: Background to Australia’s post-war immigration policy
    Using background information and evidence to draw first impressions
  • Activity 4: Visiting the scene of the events
    Looking at the video segment of this case study and answering questions about it
  • Activity 5: Making a decision: why were the Snowy workers able to work together?
    Examining statistical data and testing ideas against evidence
  • Activity 6: The Snowy Scheme – a case of multiculturalism or assimilation?
    Categorising different sources of evidence
  • Activity 7: How might the National Museum of Australia represent this historical theme?
    Looking at existing interpretative objects and suggesting others that might tell more of the story

For Secondary Students

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 6
• Australia as a nation
HISTORY YEAR 10
• Migration experiences (1945 - present)

Case Study Resources

  • Teacher Guide
  • Print Resources (PDF)
  • Downloadable High Quality Video
  • 5 x STUDIES Magazine Units
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