HOW was Melbourne impacted by the great journeys of exploration in Australia, the Pacific and the world? WHAT is an explorer and what challenges did they face? What was the effect of European exploration on the Boonwurrung and the Wurundjeri peoples? WHY do people explore? CAN we be explorers in our own city? How did explorations lead to new understandings and discoveries? ARE there different forms of exploration? WHAT DIDN’T explorers understand about the environment they encountered?
This excursion in the Melbourne CBD is for both primary and secondary school students. Our tours normally start and finish at Federation Square. Our tours
ASSIGN each student with a role as an explorer identity for the duration of the excursion.
DESIGN an excursion to meet any specific student learning needs – let us know!
EXPLORE Birramung Marr Park including the Yarra river route along which European explorers travelled and their impact on Indigenous people – who were also explorers of Australia.
SAMPLE bush foods and technologies used by explorers and Indigenous people to survive the Australian landscape eg ‘Captain Cook’s cabbage’.
USE MAPS AND IMAGES (see below) that illustrate how people find found their way in different eras.
VISIT sites in the CBD connected to early explorers and settlers of Melbourne eg John Batman, Mathew Flinders, Robert O’Hara Bourke, Eliza Callaghan, gold miners etc.
DISCUSS what makes an explorer?
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Thanks to you and the company for the wonderful excursions on the 2nd, 3rd and 8th of August. It complemented our Unit perfectly, and gave the students some fantastic experiential and memory building information that has turned even the most mundane magnificent. Thanks for bringing history alive! We most certainly will be back! Jesse, teacher,Serpell Primary School.
Explorers connected to the Port Phillip District include people such as Batman, Grimes, Collins, Hume and Hovell, Fawkner, Mitchell, Templeton, Lancey, Von Mueller, Grant, Murray, Flinders, Baudin, Bass, Buckley, Bourke and Wills, Eliza Callaghan, Anastasia Hayes, Georgina McCrae, Truganini , members of the Kulin Nationand others.
‘Old World’ explorers like Magellan, Vasco De Gama, Dampier, Hartog, Cook and others also influenced Melbourne’s founding as they mapped the trade routes to the Pacific and Indian Ocean which paved the way for the European exploration of Australia by later navigators. The term explorers includes European settlers who opened up new lands such as Batman, McCrae’s, Baxter’s, Fawkner’s, Liardets, Templeton and others.
Our tour informs how the First People or Indigenous people were the first successful explorers having made extraordinary sea crossings from Asia 60,000 or more years ago, exploring the entire continent yet surviving 25,000 years of ice age, 10,000 years of drought and the flooding of a quarter of the continent – not to mention colonisation by Europeans! They also accompanied and guided many of the European settlers in their explorations.
Things that European explorers and pioneers didn’t realize included climate (6-8 not 4 seasons), flooding (Melbourne is a flood plain), firestick farming, the shallow soils, the arid interior, Indigenous land ownership and relationships, water scarcity, the impact of hoofed animals and exotic fauna and flora, polluting of water, the value of the hunting and gathering lifestyle, over-exploitation of land and others.
See identities we allocate to students of MEN AND WOMEN EXPLORERS WHO PUSHED THE BOUNDARIES
Why do we allocate identities to each student during our tour? Lest we forget. We want them to understand that these were actual people who faced real challenges, who took risks and broke new ground that others followed to create the fantastic Melbourne of today. We hope they will be inspired by them in their own lives to understand that we can’t grow and succeed in life without taking risks, accepting mistakes and believing in ourselves and our dreams.