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:

  1. Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the site study
  2. A whole day enquiry based study in The Rocks and surrounding areas
  3. Follow up activities to reinforce and enhance historical knowledge and skills

During the site study, students will:

  • Visit Customs House to view an introductory presentation about the sites and locate the study sites on a model of the city.
  • Use ipads to complete an historical enquiry and creating 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 Millers Point and Dawes Point
  • Visit Walsh Bay to learn about the growth and development of shipping transportation, and to investigate the life of convicts and free settlers and their impact on the development of the Australian Nation.
  • Visit Barangaroo Reserve to describe and assess the life of one Aboriginal in contact with British colonisers

Cost: $80 per class

Enquiries: Phone: Observatory Hill EEC on 9247 7321 email: [email protected]

Pre-visit activities:

  1. Read the article ‘First Contact by Anita Hess and describe some impacts of British colonisation on traditional Aboriginal people.
  2. Read the article ‘Why were convict transported to Australia’ and describe the main reasons for the transportation of convicts to NSW.
  3. Read the Article ‘A day in the life of a convict and describe what life was like for convict in Sydney town.
  4. 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.

Risk Assessment: The Rocks Site Study Risk Assessment form

Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes

Learning Site Activity Student Outcomes

  • Students will be able to:
Fieldwork in Action
In classroom
1. Pre-visit Research

    • Students undertake background research on The Rocks from secondary sources to prepare for fieldwork investigation and use a variety of sources to investigate and report on the changing way of life of a convict, emancipists or free settler.
    • Inquiry-based examination of an historically significant locations and people.
    • Describe key aspects of contact between indigenous people and colonisers
    • Describe and assess the life of one Aboriginal individual in contact with the British colonisers
    • Use a variety of sources to investigate and report on the changing way of life of a convict, emancipists or free settler.
 This watercolour by Lieutenant William Bradley shows Sydney Cove soon after the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 (Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW - Safe 1:14)
Customs House
2. Introduction to The Rocks

  • Students listen to an introductory talk on The Rocks and view the study sites on a model of the city
  • Become familiar with the Site Study areas
 Customs House
The Rocks
 
3. History Site Study Trail

    • Students use iPads to create a digital field journal of important historical people, places and events throughout the study sites.
  • Identify significant people, places and events related to Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact and the movement of  peoples.

 

 Rocks Site Study
Rocks Discovery Museum 4. Rocks Discovery Museum

  • Students view historical artefacts from selected time periods to learn about the history of The Rocks over time from traditional Gadigal cultural use, colonial settlement, port activities and modern history.
  • Undertake an inquiry-based examination of an historically significant location and artefacts.
  • Interpret the past and recognise how human occupation and use of the site has changed over time
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Dawes Point 
 
5. Dawes Point

  • Students visit Dawes Point to learn about Lieutenant Williams Dawes and Patyegarang.
  • Undertake an inquiry-based examination of an historically significant location.
  • Interpret the past and recognise how human occupation and use of the site has changed over time.
 dawes Point
Parbury Ruins 6. Parbury Ruins

  • Students visit the Parbury archaeological ruins to view artefacts and learn about the convict Hugh Noble.
  • Undertake an inquiry-based examination of an historically significant location.
  • Interpret the past and recognise how human occupation and use of the site has changed over time.
 Parbury Ruins
Towns Place 7. Towns Place

  • Students visit the Towns Place archaeological site to learn about Captain Robert Towns an important colonial entrepreneur.
  • Undertake an inquiry-based examination of an historically significant location.
  • Interpret the past and recognise how human occupation and use of the site has changed over time.
  • Assess the impact of a convict or free settler on the development of the Australian nation.
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Barangaroo Reserve 8. Barangaroo Reserve

  • Students visit Barangaroo Reserve to learn about Barangaroo and traditional Gadigal culture.
  • Describe and assess the life of one Aboriginal individual in contact with the British colonisers.
 Barangaroo
In Classroom 9. Follow-up post site study report

  • Students complete a site study report on one of the historical sites visited.
  • Use a variety of sources to investigate and report on the changing way of life of a convict, emancipists or free settler.
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