Australian Explorers looks at the great era of exploration, when intrepid
expeditions set out to unravel the mysteries of the island continent's vast interior.
DVD movie, full-colour reader, iPad/Tablet reader, multimedia CD-ROM, blackline masters and more.



Australian Explorers

Australian Explorers
Australian Explorers
Australian Explorers

Ideal for classroom viewing and discussion.

The exploits of Australia’s explorers played a key role in the history of this nation, opening up the vast interior to settlement and economic development. But the explorers also brought disaster for many of the Aboriginal people whose lands they traversed.

Now your students can relive the exploits of these explorers, including:
• Bass and Flinders charting the coastline of Australia.
• Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth conquering the Blue Mountains.
• Hume and Hovell blazing the trail to Port Phillip (Melbourne).
• Sturt solving the mystery of the rivers.
• Eyre and Wiley trekking across the Nullarbor to Western Australia.
• Leichardt unlocking the North. 
• Kennedy’s fatal journey to Cape York. 
• The triumph and the tragedy of Burke and Wills in their quest to cross Australia from south to north.
• McDouall Stuart's epic journey through the Centre to the Top End.
• Giles and the Forest brothers opening up the West.

The movie also examines the vital role Aboriginal people played in the history of Australian exploration, both those who took part in expeditions as well as those whose lands the explorers crossed.

• Full-colour, 24-page reader
• Images from the times
• Fact boxes with extra information
• Diagrams explain complex concepts
• Glossary of key terms • Index • Captions

See a flipbook preview of the Australia in convict times reader...


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Australian Explorers
low-res excerpts


Electronic reader
• Read onscreen.
• Listen to the reader narrated.
• View vocabulary definitions.

Teacher's resources
• Blackline masters to print
• Teacher’s answer sheet
• Primary sources such as diaries, journals and news reports
• Teacher’s Internet site

• Authentic folk songs from the period, with lyrics to sing along.


On-screen activities
• Find-a-word, cloze, typing
• Crosswords
• Drag-and-drop games
• On-screen jigsaw puzzles
• Write story/news report
• Story page with key words
• News report topics offer different perspectives

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