Valuing Heritage



(source ACARA Australian Curriculum: History v.4)


OFSH Painting 

Image © National Trust of Australia (WA)



Using Old Farm Strawberry Hill (OFSH), Albany as an example, students learn about the history of the local Aboriginal Minang peoples; they examine European exploration and colonisation in south western Australia up to the early 1800s. Students examine the impact of exploration on the Minang peoples, how they interacted with newcomers, and how these experiences contributed to their cultural diversity.  


The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts including sources, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance. These concepts will be investigated within the historical context of Old Farm Strawberry Hill (OFSH) to facilitate an understanding of the past and to provide a focus for historical inquiries.  


The two strands of Historical Skills and Historical Knowledge and Understanding are interrelated and should be taught in an integrated way; they may be integrated across learning areas and in ways that are appropriate to the place. The order and detail in which they are taught are programming decisions. 


Students will use the following KEY INQUIRY QUESTIONS to discover:

·         What was life like for Aboriginal Peoples before the arrival of the Europeans? 

·         What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal Peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers? 

 This program allows students to develop historical skills through key concepts appropriate to their age and ability. 

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Historical Skills:


Sequence familiar objects and events 

Use historical terms 

Pose questions about the past  

Identify sources  

Locate relevant information from sources provided 

Identify different  points of view 

Develop texts, particularly narratives 

Use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies 


Each section of this program notes the relevant general capabilities (GC), cross-curriculum priorities (CCP) and links to other learning areas (OLA)