The Eureka Rebellion – could you have stopped it from happening?

Case Study Overview

Students take on the persona of the people involved in the Eureka Rebellion and have to make crucial decisions. They are given choices and know that consequences will flow from their decisions. In this exercise students see that at every point in the story there were alternatives that might have been available, but were, for whatever reason, not taken. It engages students with some key historical ideas — empathy, causation, values, motivation and consequences.

An interactive entitled, The Eureka Rebellion – could you have stopped it from happening?, is also available for this case study.

Case Study unit of work inquiry structure (pdf)

  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Activity 1: A dramatic situation
    Understanding the main concept(s) raised in the case study
  • Activity 2: What happened at Eureka in 1854?
    Investigating an illustration of the event
  • Activity 3: Video visit
    Looking at the video segment of this case study and answering questions about it
  • Activity 4: What happened at Eureka in 1854?
    Decision maker game: Examining 10 situations from the Eureka rebellion
  • Activity 5: Reflection
    Investigating 4 memorials commemorating the Eureka rebellion

About the Interactive

The Eureka Rebellion
It is 1854 and you are a young newly-arrived digger on the Victorian goldfields. You have to make a lot of
decisions about your new life, as you take your place in the events that would lead to bloodshed at Eureka.

For Primary & Secondary Students

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Case Study Resources

  • Teacher Guide
  • Print Resources (PDF)
  • Interactive
  • Downloadable High Quality Video
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