First Contacts

This Museum Officer-led program explores the early days of the South Australian colony for both Aboriginal peoples as the first land owners and new arrivals. It is a permanent program that aligns with the Australian Curriculum and Teaching for Effective Learning framework (TfEL).

The following inquiry questions will be addressed:

  1. What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?
  2. Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  3. What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

To maximise learning, it is recommended that students have some understanding of:

  • the impact of colonization on the First Peoples of this continent.
  • colonisation-  who came? Why? What were conditions like for them?

Image: The schoolroom of the Aborigines by William Cawthorne, 1843, State Library of New South Wales

Migration Museum


30/01/2017 – 15/12/2017

Level: 2, 3, 4
Area: HASS - Civics and Citizenship, HASS - History

Type: Workshop
Cost: $5.00 per student/$2.00 equity
Participants: Maximum of 30 students
Duration: 60 minutes

School bookings

ALL school visits must be booked in advance.

To book a visit please contact the Migration Museum.

Please note that all bookings must be made by phone.


60 min program:
$5.00 per student/$2.50 equity

90 min program:
$7.00 per student/$3.00 equity

120 min program:
$9.00 per student/$4.00 equity

Organising your visit

For more information and to discuss your student learning needs please contact the Education Manager at the Migration Museum.


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