Classroom Activities

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These suggested activities and resources are to further support the teaching of Australia as a nation in the classroom. The Western Australia and Federation online resource is a useful starting point for understanding the Western Australian perspective during the process of the Federation of Australia and encouraging further inquiry.

Recommended reading

Brennan, N. (2014). Our stories: Australian Federation. Australia: Black Dog Books

Clark, S. and Masciullo, L. (2011). Our Australian girl: Meet Rose. Australia: Puffin

Farrer, V. (2011). My Australian story: Plagues and Federation. Australia: Scholastic

Thomas, J. (2013). Australia at the time of Federation. Australia: Trocadero Publishing

Recommended websites

State Library of Western Australia


Museum of Australian Democracy - From Colonies to Federation

Museum of Australian Democracy - Western Australia people and places

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Constitutional centre of WA - A Nation at last

National Museum of Australia - Federation

National Film and Sound Archive - The West and Federation (video)

Paliamentary Education Office - Federal Parliament history timeline

Parliamentary Education Office - The federation of Australia

Australian Electoral Commission - Factsheet on Federation Referendums

National Trust of Australia (WA) - Education & Learning Resources

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australia's trade through time

ABC Education - Federation of Australia (video)

Advanced material

University of Sydney Library - My Life's Adventure by John Kirwan (PDF)

Parliament of WA - Separation for federation : a study of Sir John Waters Kirwan, K.C.M.G by B. F. Gatti

Project Gutenberg Australia - Explorations in Australia by John Forrest

Relevant State Library collections

State Library of WA - Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Western Australia records

State Library of WA - John Forrest papers

State Library of WA - John Kirwan papers

State Library of WA - Leake family papers

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