History / Levels 3 and 4 / Historical Knowledge / First contacts
The nature of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions.
Investigating contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples before 1788, for example, the repulsion of the Dutch at Cape Keerweer in 1606 and the trade between the Macassans and the Yolngu people.
Comparing the European concept of land ownership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' relationship with the land and sea, and how this affected relations between them.
Exploring early contact history with the British, for example, Pemulwuy or the Black War, and the impact that British colonisation had on the lives of Aboriginal people such as dispossession, dislocation and the loss of lives through conflict, disease, loss of food sources and medicines.
Exploring whether the interactions between Europeans and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had positive or negative effects.
Examining paintings and accounts (by observers such as Watkin Tench and David Collins) to determine the impact of early British colonisation on Aboriginal peoples' country.
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