YEAR 5 The Australian Colonies - The Samson family in Fremantle

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


Dining Room at Samson House 

Samson House Dining Room in 2012


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 5 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:

  • Study colonial Australia in the 1800s 
  • Look at the foundation of the Swan River Colony through the eyes of three generations of the Samson family. 
  • Learn about what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period. 
  • Examine significant events and people, political and economic developments, social structures, and settlement patterns. 


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 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 do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?

· How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?

· How did colonial settlement change the environment?

· What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?


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



Historical Skills:

Sequence historical people and events using timelines

Use historical terms and concepts of the period

Identify questions to inform an historical Inquiry and develop key questions about their local region

Identify and locate a range of relevant sources from the world wide web and local sources

Locate information related to inquiry questions in a range of primary and secondary sources

Compare information from a range of sources

Identify points of view in the past and present

Develop historical texts, particularly narratives and descriptions, which incorporate source material

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

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