Introducing Samson House and Australia’s oldest family business -
Lionel Samson and Son Pty Ltd
Samson House Dining Room in
This course has been written to meet the requirements of the Australian
Skills are gained through historical inquiry of colonial Australia in the
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:
Australia in the 1800s
Look at the foundation
of the Swan River Colony through the eyes of three generations of the Samson
Learn about what life
was like for different groups of people in the colonial period.
events and people, political and economic developments, social structures, and settlement
content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts including sources,
continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and
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.
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
· How did colonial settlement change the
· 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.
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
Locate information related to inquiry questions in a range of primary and
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