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Explore the impacts of British colonisation on the first Australians, particularly the Aboriginal clans of the Sydney area such as the Cadigal. Students will gain an understanding of how Aboriginal people used the land and plants for food, tools, shelter and medicine as well as investigate the collection of plants and seeds brought by the First Fleet and their use and value at Farm Cove.

Stage 4 History and Aboriginal Studies
2 hours
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
$13 per student. Minimum charges apply

What happens?

  • Learn about the nature and impact of colonisation, pre-contact Aboriginal culture, and British contact with Aboriginal peoples to 1820
  • Learn about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives of the relationship to land and country
  • Stand on the site of the first farm in Australia and discover the plants brought by the First Fleet.

Students will... 

  • Understand the importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal people
  • Learn about Aboriginal people and their relationship with the land
  • Discover how Aboriginal people used plants for food, medicine, tools and shelter
  • Visit the First Farm display garden and discover the fruits and vegetables and herbs brought to Australia by the First Fleet
  • Experience and understand the hardships and difficulties of convict life.


The content was very relevant to the study of Contact History. Well structured, organised and most informative.

Teacher, St Mary Star of the Sea, Wollongong
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