A day in the life…


John Pascoe Fawkner

Fawkner’s father was a convict so he is very interested in their life stories. Read about convicts in the Journal. Fawkner decides to interview a convict about daily life in the colonies of Australia. Write an interview between Fawkner and the convict, with at least six questions and answers. Try and find out as much as you can about daily life for a convict. One question must be about how life was different for women convicts compared to men convicts.

John King

King loves exploring. He embarks on a long voyage from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria on the north coast of Australia, with two other explorers, Burke and Wills. Find out about the Burke and Wills expedition. Write a diary entry from John King’s point of view while he is on the expedition. In your diary entry, make sure you mention at least these things: who is on the expedition, what kind of equipment you have, the conditions on the expedition, why you embarked on the journey and what kind of plants, animals and people you see. “Dear Diary…

Simon Wonga

Simon is dedicated to the traditional lifestyle that he and his people lead. Read about this in the wisdom of the elders. Draw a scene showing indigenous Australians in everyday life, before European settlers arrived. Label your drawing (at least six), so that other people can learn about indigenous lifestyles just from looking at it. Include at least these things: spiritual life, land use, food, technology and social structure.

Georgiana McCrae

Georgiana loves living in the colonies in Australia, and wants some of her friends back in England to come out and live there as well. Find out about daily life in the colonies. Make a one-page ad that could be put in the newspaper back in England that tries to convince people to move to Australia during colonial times. Include at least five features of Australian colonial life that would be appealing to people in England. Include a sense poem in your ad (“Colonial Australia looks like…”, “Colonial Australia sounds like…” etc.).


Everyone in your group wants to be able to talk about colonial Australia using correct historical keywords. Find out the meanings of all of these words and use them in a correct sentence about colonial Australia: colony, free settler, convict, colonise, hunter-gatherer, empire, artefact, immigration, traditional, indigenous.