Frontier Wars (1780s – 1920s)
This unit re-thinks traditional narratives of Australia’s involvement in war by positioning the Frontier Wars as the first major conflict on this land. It reminds us that the Australian nation was formed through the violent displacement and destruction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their homelands. By exploring the connection between the Frontier Wars and the creation of Australia, the tensions between Indigenous understandings of Country and colonial understandings of country emerge. This reveals the differences between Indigenous warriors fighting in the Frontier Wars and Indigenous soldiers who fought on behalf of the nation in later wars.
We are learning about the Indigenous warriors who fought for their Country against British colonisation during the Frontier Wars.
- I can explain why Indigenous people have fought for their Country since 1788.
- I can explain how Pemulwuy used tactics to engage in war against the British.
- I can explain how Jandamarra used strategies to defend the land of his peoples.
Unit 1: Frontier wars and warriors 1780s – 1920s
Part 1 - Stimulus video and listening notes
Part 2 - Class/group discussion
Part 3 - Definition of key concepts
Part 4 - Frontier battles map
Part 5 - Pemulwuy perspective
Part 6 - Jandamarra investigation
Part 7 - Local case study
Teaching and learning resources
This unit has a variety of teaching resources that provide background content knowledge and multi-media learning materials.
- Stimulus video: Frontier Wars and Warriors
- Study notes
- Teaching worksheets