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Australian History Mysteries case studies can be purchased in several different ways.

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The website subscription to the Primary, Secondary and Family History resources is the best way to receive all Australian History Mystery case studies.

An annual subscription membership ensures that you receive all case study videos, student activities and computer interactives in either the Primary or Secondary sites. For secondary schools, a subscription also includes access to our Family History Program: ‘Convicts, Settlers and Immigrants’. A subscription to this program can be added on to a Primary Subscription or purchased individually.

Subscriptions also enable you to receive additional content-related units of work from past STUDIES and current eStudies magazines. Any future interactive case studies will automatically become available to subscribers.

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEARS 1 to 6, 7, 9 and 10

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An Australian History Mysteries full website subscription provides you with access to all of the Case Studies, Convicts, Settlers and Immigrants and Ghost Town resources in a digital format. Resources include:

  • Watch videos online
  • Play interactives online
  • Download resources as a PDF file
  • Download videos in MP4 format
  • Convicts, Settlers and Immigrants – Family History Program

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Purchasable kits

Australian History Mystery case studies are also available in various resource kit formats. These are listed below.

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 9

Relevant Depth Study

• The Industrial Revolution (1750–1914)

• Making a nation

Myths and Mysteries of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains
DVD-ROM interactive and resources for Secondary Students

Myths and Mysteries of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains is a multimedia education resource to help middle secondary students explore an aspect of Australia’s early colonial history — the crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813.

It comprises:

  • A 20-minute ‘virtual visit’ film, taking students to important sites relevant to the mystery, outlining the key issues associated with the event, and presenting some of the evidence that they need to use to develop their own conclusions.
  • A 48-page set of practical and evidence-based activity pages, for photocopying, which can be used in the classroom.
  • A decision-maker interactive activity, Would you be a good explorer?, that presents information and issues about the event through an alternative learning approach.

The resource follows an inquiry methodology.

  • The film or ‘virtual visit’ raises a number of questions (or mysteries) about the crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813.
  • Students then use a variety of evidence and learning approaches to develop their own answers to these mysteries.
  • It enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of aspects of early Australian colonial history through a specific case study.
  • It helps develop students’ analytical skills, including the development of an empathetic appreciation of the people involved in the event.

It includes multiple perspectives on the event, including those of the local Indigenous people who, while not involved in the exploration of the Blue Mountains, had their lives and culture profoundly affected by developments that arose as a consequence of the crossing of the mountains.

Price $88.00 (includes GST)

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AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 7

Relevant Depth Study

• Investigating the ancient past

The Mysteries of Lake Mungo
DVD-ROM interactive and resources for Secondary Students

The Mysteries of Lake Mungo is the latest fascinating Australian history mystery case study.

It is a multi-media education resource for lower secondary students and is particularly relevant to Year 7 Australian Curriculum: History, “Investigating the ancient past”, enabling students to explore Ancient Australia through a range of rich resources using the discovery of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man as a case study.

Students ‘visit’ the World Heritage Willandra Lakes site, of which Lake Mungo is part, through a 25-minute film. They see both the environment, and the archaeological evidence that exists about life in that place in ancient times. They realise that the Lake Mungo of today is not the same as Lake Mungo in the past. And they are challenged to solve some of the mysteries of that past!

They now use a variety of photocopiable worksheets to use evidence to work out their own answers to a series of questions or mysteries about what Lake Mungo was like 40,000 years ago, how people lived there in the past, how it became what it is today, and how we know what we know.

There is also a decision-maker interactive designed to get students to tackle some of the management issues facing the park today.

Through the evidence in the resources and the inquiry-based activities, students gain knowledge and understanding about the nature of ancient Australia, and develop the skills needed for them to explore aspects of ancient Aboriginal life.

This resource kit that includes: DVD with 25 minute film and decision-maker interactive module, Teacher’s Guide and Student Activities/Resource booklet (56 pages)

Price $88.00 (includes GST)
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AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 9

Relevant Depth Study

• Movement of peoples

• Making a nation

Australian History Mysteries 1 Resource Kit for Secondary Students

Five case studies in C19th Australian History

A 30 minute DVD video and 120 page Teachers’ Resource Book containing 5 case studies:

  • Who ‘discovered’ Australia?
  • What was life of a female convict really like?
  • The Eureka Rebellion — could you have stopped it from happening?
  • What happened in a frontier conflict near Broome in 1864?
  • Was Ned Kelly a hero or a villain?

The DVD contains a short overview of each of the five case studies specifically introducing the context of each history mystery. Teachers can choose which mystery they want their class to explore and then play a 5 minute segment which provides a ‘virtual visit’ to places where evidence can be found to help students understand and then solve the respective mystery. The Teachers’ Resource Book also contains print case studies with a variety of reproducible information, evidence and activities for use in the classroom.

Price  $132.00 (includes GST)
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AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 10

Relevant Depth Study

• World War II
• Rights and freedoms (1945 – present)
• The environment movement (1960s – present)

Australian History Mysteries 2 Resource Kit for Secondary Students
Five case studies in C20th Australian History

A 45 minute DVD video and 100 page Teachers’ Resource Book containing 5 case studies:

  • What happened to ‘Smithy’?
  • Why did the government lie about the bombing of Darwin?
  • What are the mysteries of Maralinga?
  • How have Indigenous people’s citizenship rights changed over time?
  • What happened to Juanita Nielsen?

The DVD contains a short overview of each of the five case studies specifically introducing the context of each history mystery. Teachers can choose which mystery they want their class to explore and then play a 8-10 minute segment which provides a ‘virtual visit’ to places where evidence can be found to help students understand and then solve the respective mystery. The Teachers’ Resource Book contains print case studies with a variety of reproducible information, evidence and activities for use in the classroom.

Price  $132.00 (includes GST)
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AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 9

Relevant Depth Study

• World War I (1914-1918)

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 10

Relevant Depth Study

• Migration experiences (1945 – present)

Australian History Mysteries 3 Resource Kit for Secondary Students
Five case studies in C20th Australian History

A 65 minute DVD video and 120 page Teachers’ Resource Book containing 5 case studies:

  • World War 1 — Did World War 1 unite or divide local communities?
  • Coniston massacre —
    What happened at Coniston in 1928?
  • Great Depression —
    Testing images of the Great Depression
  • Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme —
    A melting pot of different nations?
  • Vietnam — Can you be a Vietnam War ‘myth buster’?

The DVD contains a short overview of each of the five case studies specifically introducing the context of each history mystery. Teachers can choose which mystery they want their class to explore and then play a 10-15 minute segment which provides a ‘virtual visit’ to places where evidence can be found to help students understand and then solve the respective mystery. The Teachers’ Resource Book contains print case studies with a variety of reproducible information, evidence and activities for use in the classroom.

Price  $143.00 (includes GST)
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AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 5

• The Australian Colonies

Australian History Mysteries 1 Resource Kit for Primary Students
Five case studies in C19th Australian History

A 30 minute DVD video and 90 page Teachers’ Resource Book containing 5 case studies:

  • Who ‘discovered’ Australia?
  • What was life of a female convict really like?
  • The Eureka Rebellion — could you have stopped it from happening?
  • What happened in a frontier conflict near Broome in 1864?
  • Was Ned Kelly a hero or a villain?

The DVD contains a short overview of each of the five case studies specifically introducing the context of each history mystery. Teachers can choose which mystery they want their class to explore and then play a 5 minute segment which provides a ‘virtual visit’ to places where evidence can be found to help students understand and then solve the respective mystery. The Teachers’ Resource Book contains print case studies with a variety of reproducible information, evidence and activities for use in the classroom.

Price  $132.00 (includes GST)
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AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 5

• The Australian Colonies

 

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 9

Relevant Depth Study

• Movement of peoples
• Making a nation

Australian History Mysteries 1 CD-ROM for Primary and Secondary Students
CD-ROM of educational games

The CD-ROM contains five interactive modules / games that have been designed to either introduce or follow up on
each of the mysteries. The modules may be used by any age group but are especially suitable for younger students and
those who respond best to different and more interactive learning styles. Titles include:

  • Build a timeline for the discovery of Australia
  • Digging up the past — archaeological dig at the site of a female convict factory
  • The Eureka Rebellion – could you have stopped it from happening?
  • Key moments — can you make key decisions in Australian history
  • Kelly country — the race to Glenrowan

Price  $55.00 (includes GST)
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AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 10

Relevant Depth Study

• World War II
• Rights and freedoms (1945 – present)
• The environment movement (1960s – present)

Australian History Mysteries 2 CD-ROM for Secondary Students
CD-ROM of educational games

The CD-ROM contains five interactive modules / games that have been designed to either introduce or follow up on each of the mysteries. The modules may be used by any age group but are especially suitable for those students who respond best to different and more interactive learning styles.

Titles include:

  • What happened to ‘Smithy’?
  • The bombing of Darwin
  • Cold war timeline
  • The 1967 Referendum
  • Who killed Juanita Nielsen?

Price  $55.00 (includes GST)
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AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: HISTORY

• Historical skills: evaluating the reliability and usefulness of sources

Ghost Town for Primary and Secondary Students
‘What is History?’ CD ROM interactive

Ghost Town introduces students to the process of inquiry learning in history. It models the scaffolding processes involved in completing a research project and helps students develop the skills of research, evidence analysis, problem solving and love of local history.

Ghost Town is an exciting interactive that may be used as an individual, group or whole class activity. Students explore five scenes in a ghost town and try to work out why this once thriving town died. Was it war, drought, flood, an explosion or disease? What does the evidence tell us?

The CD ROM and accompanying worksheets may be used as an introduction to studying history or any other learning activity requiring an understanding of the skills of research, hypothesising and problem solving.

Price  $55.00 (includes GST)
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