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Learning objects Making a Nation: a system of representation

TLF ID M017709

This interactive resource allows students to discover the development of Australia from six separate colonies to a federated nation. Students investigate, through a variety of documents, cartoons, maps and photographs, the factors that contributed to Federation, the powers of the federal parliament, what representative system developed and the details of the first federal election.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is useful for year 9 history, in particular for the content description in the 'Making a nation' depth study, which refers to the key events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy.
  • The resource's inquiry-based approach develops and enhances students' historical skills through its range of primary sources including images, political cartoons, statistics and maps.
  • The resource provides students with opportunities to synthesise information from a range of primary sources to use as evidence in an historical argument, considering the perspectives of people from the past and reconsidering their own interpretations.
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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Australian Electoral Commission
  • Organization: Australian Electoral Commission
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Australian Electoral Commission
  • Organization: Australian Electoral Commission
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
  • Online
  • © Australian Electoral Commission 2014. Unless otherwise noted in the materials excluded and rights reserved list at this material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence (CC BY 3.0)