Small objects even bigger stories:Settlement stories


Years 9-12
Terms 2-4 Tuesday–Friday
Maximum 40 students

English, Languages, The Humanities

School programs and resources

Stories of asylum seekers, displaced persons and refugees

Individuals have sought refuge in Australia for more than 100 years. This interactive and activity based program uses stories from the museum exhibitions to investigate the experiences of individuals who are forced to leave their homeland.

Students are also offered the opportunity to investigate the history of legislation relating to the settlement of displaced persons in Australia, using documents and individual profiles from the collection in the Museum.

The workshop session introduces the key ideas and definitions:

  • Human Rights
  • Asylum Seeker
  • Refugee

Students and teachers then take their own tour through the galleries focusing on historical perspectives and the personal stories of refugees.

Teacher Resources

Curriculum links

  • Civics and Citizenship: Level 9 and 10
  • Humanities – History: Level 10
  • Intercultural Capability: Level 9 and 10