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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

National Football Game board game

The National Football Game 

Race to Gold Diggers board game

 Race to the Gold Diggings

Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race board game

The Sir Ross Smith Aeroplane Race Game 

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.

How much does using a Digital Resource cost?

All Digital Resources are provided free by the State Library of South Australia and are available for download on the website.
 You are responsible for providing the tools and materials for your activities.

How do I know what to do with or how to use the Digital Resources?

We have provided a Guide for each of the Digital Resources which gives ideas for exploring the concepts and using the tools. 

Do I need to use all the resources?

The resources have been provided as a tool for you in the exploration of the concepts. You are welcome to use those you see as most closely aligning with your teaching plan. 

We would ask that you complete the surveys attached to the Digital Resource you use, to tell us what you found useful. This will enable us to develop the resources further.

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

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

The issue with MS Edge and YouTube video playback is a known issue which Microsoft is supposedly working on.


- Enable Edge Flag "WebRTC Min/Max Video Encode Accelerator dimensions" (it was on Default).
- Disable "Use hardware acceleration when available" from System.
- Switched the Flag back to default.

We suggest you check that your browser is up to date and supported by YouTube >

 OR –  use a different browser. We recommend using Google, Chrome or Safari.