YEAR 2 The Past in the Present - The Samson Family in Fremantle

Introducing Samson House and Australia’s oldest family business -
Lionel Samson and Son Pty Ltd


 Samson House 2012


 Samson House, 2012

  Image: Mike Lefroy

This course has been written to meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: History
Skills are gained through historical inquiry of colonial Australia in the 1800s
The course is developed to suit students at Year 2 level.

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Using the Samson family in Fremantle, focussing on Samson House and Lionel Samson and Son Pty Ltd as examples, students will explore, recognise and appreciate the history of their local area by examining remains of the past and considering why they should be preserved.


The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts including continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance.

These concepts will be investigated within the historical context of Samson House and the Samson family in Fremantle and will 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.




Students will use the following KEY INQUIRY QUESTIONS to discover:

·         What aspects of the past can you see today? What do they tell us?

·         What remains of the past are important to the local community? Why?

·         How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?


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



Historical Skills:

Sequence familiar objects and events

Distinguish between the past, present and future

Pose questions about the past using sources provided

Explore a range of sources about the past

Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present

Each section notes the relevant General Capabilities (GC), Cross curriculum priorities (CCP) and links to other Learning Areas (OLA)
Source: ACARA Australian Curriculum: History v.3