The 1852 Gundagai Flood

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Why did so many townsfolk survive? Was this an example of conflict or cooperation?

This local history case study of the NSW town of Gundagai addresses the historical knowledge and understandings outcomes embedded in both the primary and secondary Australian HASS/history curriculum (Years 4,9). It is a fascinating case study of natural disaster, death, bravery and the struggle for Indigenous heroes to be recognised, rewarded and commemorated.

This unit of study is presented as a website which includes a video, a virtual tour of the Gundagai Museum, on-line activities, and worksheets (in Word Doc format). The unit is compatible with computers and iPads.

Case Study unit of work inquiry structure

  • Activity 1 What does Gundagai tell us about itself?
  • Activity 2 How did townsfolk manage to survive the great Gundagai Floods of 1852? Was this an example of conflict or cooperation?
  • Activity 3 Interpreting representations of the rescue
  • Activity 4 Examining Literary Representations of an event
  • Activity 5 Virtual discovery tour f the Gundagai Museum
  • Activity 6 Victim Analysis
  • Activity 7 Reflection Activity
  • Activity 8 Extension Activity 1: Where would you create a settlement?
  • Activity 9 Extension Activity 2: Would you be a good explorer?

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