This history unit takes students to the attempted colonial settlement of Victoria on the shores of Port Essington in Arnhem Land. It can stand alone as a colonial history unit for Australia (Oceania) but a more comprehensive understanding will be gained by linking it with other units of the Arnhem Land series - in particular the Unit 7 which has a focus on survival in the Cobourg Peninsula West Arnhem Land. Take the walk (via map, description and photographs) among the ruins of Victoria settlement and gain some understanding of the problems faced by the settlers who came to this remote frontier region. 3 attachment black and white pages are given with information and questions. These can be provided in hard copy for student use in class or set as homework activities. It is an intriguing history and leads on to unit 7 which revisits the reasons for abandonment and contrasts the culture of Aboriginal people and European settlers to provide reasons for the survival of Aboriginal groups in an environment where a British settlement failed. Your students should enjoy the walk into the history.
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