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First Contacts - Stage 2

First Contacts will help students explore the impacts of colonisation on Indigenous peoples, specifically the Gadigal of Sydney Cove and clans of surrounding areas. 

Through this program, participants will learn about the personal relationships between the local Indigenous peoples and the British and how those relationships aided in keeping the history of its time well documented.  

Join us to explore these stories with our First Nations educators.

Learning Activities

  • Students will understand the importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal people, their relationship with the land and uses of plants for food, medicine, and shelter
  • Students will also discuss Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives of 'contact' and 'invasion'


Stage 2 History


1 hour


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Key Content
  • Nature and impact of colonisation, pre-contact Aboriginal culture, and British contact with Aboriginal peoples to 1820 
  • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives of the relationship to land and country 
Syllabus Outcomes
  • Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time (HT2-2)  
  • Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects (HT2-3)  
  • Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia (HT2-4)  
  • Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication (HT2-5) 
  • The diversity and longevity of Australia's first peoples and the ways Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives (ACHHK077)  
  • The nature of contact between Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions on, for example, families and the environment (ACHHK080) 
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Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.