Primary school students participating in the 'Our Shared History' program in the First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum.

Our shared history

Terms 1-4, Monday–Friday
60 mins
Year level
Years 5-6
Maximum student numbers
Maximum 50 students
$7 per student plus education service fee
Booking information
Bookings (03) 8341 7767

Students are introduced to the First Peoples of Victoria and learn some of the protocols associated with this aspect of our shared history. 

In this self -guided program students are provided with a trail booklet to guide them through the exhibition. The map on the inside page highlights specific stops to follow.

Students can work in pairs and discuss the questions posed in the booklet to better understand the knowledge, skills and practices that have been passed down over 2000 generations. They are then given the opportunity to reflect on the changes that occurred to these practices after the arrival of Europeans. How did Aboriginal people respond to the disruption of their traditional life and their connections to country and culture?

This experience will provide an insight into the impact of colonisation on the First Peoples of Victoria

Curriculum links

History: Level 5-6

  • Identify and describe patterns of continuity and change in daily life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ‘native born’ and migrants in the Australian colonies (VCHHC085)
  • Explain the causes of significant events that shaped the Australian colonies, contributed to Australian Federation and the effects of these on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants (VCHHC086)
  • The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced changing patterns of development, how the environment changed, and aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCHHK089)
  • Significant contributions of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants, to changing Australian society (VCHHK096)

Intercultural Capability: Level 5-6

  • Analyse how aspects of their own and others lifestyle, behaviour, attitudes and beliefs can be culturally influenced (VCICCB009)
  • Identify barriers to and means of reaching understandings within and between culturally diverse groups (VCICCD011)

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