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For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: (08) 8207 7239

Did you know that the State Library a holds a collection of historical board games that tell stories about people, places and events in South Australia’s history? 

These board games provide opportunities for learners to develop empathy and explore perspectives through simulating events experienced by people in the past. Imagine emigrating from another country in search of gold and a better life or racing to the end of the Earth to discover the South Pole.

Key inquiry questions include:

  • What is play? Why do people play?
  • How have historic and contemporary paper engineers incorporated moveable mechanisms to help tell a story or convey an idea?
  • How will I generate and communicate my own design ideas in both written and graphic form?
  • What materials and tools will assist me to achieve my intended design solution?

The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum for schools, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of HASS: History and Geography, and the general capabilities of literacy, and critical and creative thinking. 
Effective Learning principles strongly underpin the learning design.

Elements of this resource have been co-designed in partnership with children to provide relevant learning experiences that effectively engage young learners. 


Antarctica board game

Antarctica: the Race to the South Pole 

Antarctica - A4

Antarctica - A3
Around the Commonwealth board game

 Around the Commonwealth by Aeroplane

Around the Commonwealth - A4

Around the Commonwealth - A3
National Football Game board game

The National Football Game 

National Football Game - A4

National Football Game - A3
Race to Gold Diggers board game

 Race to the Gold Diggings

Race to Gold Diggings - A4

Race to Gold Diggings - A3
Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race board game

The Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race Game 

Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race - A4

Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race - A3

All digital resources are provided free by the State Library of South Australia and are available for download on the website


We value your feedback. Please assist us by completing the appropriate survey once you have used the Digital Resource:

Educator survey - DIGITAL RESOURCE

Learner survey - DIGITAL RESOURCE

Image: Antarctica: the race to the South Pole board game


Explore more of our Digital Collections under the themes of Emigration to South Australia  and Exploring Antarctica.


View South Australian school children talking about games that are played throughout the world such as spinning games, knucklebones, drawing and nature play, and string games.

What is the cost of using a Digital Resource?

All State Library Digital Resources are provided free of charge.

Any additional tools and materials to complement the experience are provided by the school.

General Information

Access Guides for each Digital Resource from the program page on the Library website 

How do I use the Digital Resource?

We have provided a Guide for each of the Digital Resources which outlines curriculum links and learning processes and resources. These ideas can be adopted, adapted or used as a springboard to  innovate and develop our own program.

What can I do if the videos don't work?

We recommend using browsers Chrome, Edge or Safari

How can I provide feedback?

We value your feedback and invite you to complete the short survey linked through the QR code on the Guide for your Digital Resource. This will enable us to further develop programs.

Is there someone I can speak to about the resources if I need assistance?

For any questions regarding the resources, please reach out to the Community Learning Team.

Phone: 8207 7239