The Rocks Site Study
– a History Site Study to support Stage 4 & 5 History
‘The Rocks Site Study’ is a History Site Study program that focuses on the heritage precincts of The Rocks, and nearby Millers Point, Walsh Bay and Barangaroo.
The Site Study can be used for the topics:
- Stage 4 Depth Study 6d: Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact
- Stage 5 Depth Study 1b The movement of peoples
The Site Study is an inquiry-based examination of these historically significant locations and is integrated with topic content as a way for students to acquire History knowledge, skills, values and attitudes from experience in the field. The study enables students to understand their historical environment, actively participate in historical inquiry, interpret the past and recognise how human occupation and use of the sites has changed over time. The study will enhance understanding of the historical context in which changes have occurred and help to create and nurture a lifelong interest in history.
The study has three main components:
- Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the site study
- A whole day enquiry based study in The Rocks and surrounding areas
- Follow up activities to reinforce and enhance historical knowledge and skills
During the site study, students will:
- Visit the Millers Point Community Centre to view an introductory presentation about the study sites and learn how to construct a field journal on Centre Ipads
- Use Ipads to complete an historical enquiry, and create a digital field journal, about significant people and locations relevant to the topic
- Visit the Rocks Discovery Museum to learn about local indigenous people, colonisation and contact history
- Visit and view artefacts from archaeological sites in The Rocks, Millers Point and Dawes Point to investigate the life of convicts and free settlers, and their impact on the development of the Australian Nation.
Cost: From $9 per student
Enquiries: Phone: Observatory Hill EEC on 9247 7321 email: [email protected]
- Read the article ‘First Contact’ by Anita Hess and describe some impacts of British colonisation on traditional Aboriginal people.
- Read the article ‘Why were convict transported to Australia’ and describe the main reasons for the transportation of convicts to NSW.
- Read the Article ‘A day in the life of a convict’ and describe what life was like for convict in Sydney town.
- Chose one Aboriginal, one convict and one free settler from the list below and use the linked sources provided (or others) to write a short description of their experiences during colonial times.
- Aboriginal Person: Bennelong, Arabanoo, Colebee (Visit the Barani Website) or Patyegarang or Barangaroo
- Convicts: Mary Reibey, John Cadman, Francis Greenway, Hugh Noble
- Free Settler or Soldier: William Dawes, Captain Robert Towns, Robert Campbell
Follow Up Activities
- Complete their field journals using the Book Creator file sent. A Book Creator App is required. A PDF of the Field Journal will be sent if the school does not have the Book Creator App.
- Choose one of the areas visited; The Rocks and Millers Point and describe how it has changed over time.
- Watch the film clip History of Convict Australia
- Visit the Australian National Maritime Museum‘s virtual exhibition Convict Voyages, to view film clips and play virtual games about convict voyages.
Risk Assessment: The Rocks Site Study Risk Assessment form