Teacher guide A look at constitutional convention delegates - teacher resource

TLF ID M009606

This is a teaching and learning strategy about two Australian constitutional conventions; the first held in 1891 and the second in 1998. The 1891 National Australasian Convention is examined through a 'mystery photograph' of delegates. The 1998 convention to consider an Australian republic is examined through three research questions: Who were these people? How were they different from those who attended the 1897-98 convention? What did they have to do?

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Educational value
  • This is a useful teacher idea for the elective depth study 'Making a nation' in year 9 history. The 1891 convention is one of the events included in the depth study's content description about the key events in the development of Australia's self-government. The mystery photograph could be an interesting introduction to the 1891 convention and to later conventions that met to develop a constitution under which the Australian colonies could agree to federate.
  • The research questions on the 1998 constitutional convention could be useful for civics and citizenship in the middle secondary years. The Australian Constitution is an important theme in the civics and citizenship curriculum, and the 1998 convention represents one approach to constitutional change. That convention was also the only convention in which an Australian republic was considered.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • History

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