Primary Catalogue

Series: Colonising Australia (1788–1901)


Christian Missions and Indigenous Australia

Christian Missions and Indigenous Australia

Colonisation was not only about taking land and resources for imperial powers, but also about seeking to convert, or ‘civilise’, indigenous people to European ways of thinking. This video explores the impact of Christian missions on the...Show More
From Agricultural Revolution to Transportation

From Agricultural Revolution to Transportation

From today's perspective, transportation seems a brutal and extreme way to punish criminals, but there were a number of factors that made it seem like a good idea in 18th century Britain. This video provides historical context about the...Show More
Impact of Colonisation on Indigenous Australians

Impact of Colonisation on Indigenous Australians

When the British invaded the Australian continent in 1788, it ended a way of life that had existed for more than fifty thousand years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This video explores the profound impact of European...Show More
The Melbourne Settler Colony

The Melbourne Settler Colony

In 1803, a British expedition sailed around Port Phillip Bay and in 1835, a free settler colony was founded in Melbourne. This video describes conditions in the Melbourne settler colony, citing primary sources on conditions in the settlement and...Show More
The Sydney Penal Colony

The Sydney Penal Colony

In January, 1788, the First Fleet sailed into Botany Bay and the first British colony in Australia was established at Port Jackson. This video describes conditions in the Sydney penal colony, citing primary sources on the landing and conditions...Show More
Transportation to Australia

Transportation to Australia

Between 1788 and 1868, Britain transported more than 160 000 convicts to Australia as punishment for a variety of crimes. This video explores the terrible conditions on the ships used for the journey, citing primary sources on the experiences of...Show More