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For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: 7424 6121

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 do you notice about the people, places and events of the past? 
  • What do you see that makes you say that? What is the evidence? 
  • What has changed? What has stayed the same? 
  • Whose perspective is being shared/privileged? Whose perspectives are missing? 

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.  

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


Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race board game

The Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race Game 

Antarctica board game

Antarctica: the Race to the South Pole 

Antarctica - A4

Antarctica - A3
Around the Commonwealth board game

 Around the Commonwealth by Aeroplane

National Football Game board game

The National Football Game 

Race to Gold Diggers board game

 Race to the Gold Diggings

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

Online engagement supports school groups to engage in quality learning programs at a time when school groups are not permitted to visit onsite. 
All resources have been developed by experienced educators in line with child safe policies and legislation 


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

Educator survey - DIGITAL RESOURCE

Visit the State Library of South Australia’s Digital Collections, to explore objects from the collection that explore stories aligned to each of the board games.  They have been organised under various themed tabs, as outlined below. Each object has a catalogue record for more detailed information.  Try the zoom tool to look more closely at the object.

Board Games Where to find them at SLSA 
Antarctica: The Race to the South Pole Located under Themes Tab – Exploring Antarctica
The National Football Game Located under Themes Tab – Sport
Around the Commonwealth by Aeroplane Located under Themes Tab – Federation
Race to the Gold Diggings of Australia Located under Themes Tab – Gold rush and Emigration
The Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race Game Located under Featured Collections Tab – Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith, pioneer aviators


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.