Who were the orphan girls? Years 5/6/9

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Case Study Overview

This interactive resource investigates how migration to the different colonies during the nineteenth century (the 1800s) helped shape Australia. There were convicts and free migrants who came to Australia then. There was also a special group of migrants that you will probably not have heard of – approximately 4,000 orphan girls who journeyed from Ireland to Australia in 1848-1850.

  • Who were they?
  • Why were they sent here?
  • What happened to them?
  • How have they contributed to Australian society?

Students will be able to solve this history mystery for themselves as we investigate the exciting story of one of these girls – Jane Carberry.

• The Australian Colonies
• Movement of peoples from 1750 to 1910

This unit of study is presented as a website which includes interactive elements, videos, PDF and worksheets (in Word Doc format). The unit is compatible with computers and iPads. 

Case study unit of work inquiry structure

  • Activity 1 Who were the orphan girls? Video comprehension
  • Activity 2 Origins of the orphan girls
  • Activity 3 An Irish workhouse
  • Activity 4 Mapping the journey to Australia
  • Activity 5 Arrival in Australia – video comprehension
  • Activity 6 Making a timeline of Jane Carberry’s life
  • Activity 7 Making your own photo-essay