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10 to 11.30am
Up to 30 learners
Meeting point
Ground floor of the glass foyer
Free, bookings essential
Supervision ratios
1:6 Years 3 to 7

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

Research the lives of early Chinese arrivals and through dramatic re-enactment explore the experience the Chinese encountered walking to the goldfields and living and working in South Australia. Discover the decisions and choices they and the local communities made and uncover the social and political attitudes of the time.

Key inquiry questions

  • What provokes cultural divisions?
  • Are the attitudes held, well-founded?
  • What changes opinions?
  • How has Australian society changed over time and how has this affected society?
  • What is recorded about the past? Who recorded it?
  • What other opinions, points of view or perspectives could there be?

Effective learning principles

Teaching for Effective Learning principles underpin the learning design and all learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum, with a particular emphasis on:

  • Learning area of HASS: History, Geography and Drama.
  • General Capability of intercultural understanding.
  • Cross-Curriculum Priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

program details


Using primary and secondary resources, learners will research:

  • the arrival and lives of Chinese miners who walked from Robe to Ballarat's goldfields
  • the varying attitudes of Anglo and European settlers / locals/ miners
  • the effect of political actions including the White Australia Policy
  • the lives of Chinese who settled in SA - ordinary people and prominent men and women in business.

Applied learning

Learners will use empathy, improvisation and play-building to create and film a one-minute-performance. They will develop roles, characters and dialogues consistent with their research, to convey status, relationships, points of view and intentions.

What do the programs cost?
  • All State Library education programs are provided free of charge.
  • All equipment and materials costs are covered by the State Library.
What pre-visit information will we receive?
  • An email will be sent to the booking contact person to be distributed to all the attending teachers and adults. This will include all pre-visit information relevant to the booked program.
  • Some early years or primary programs will also receive a posted invitation addressed to the children.
What happens on arrival?
  • Arrive prior to the start of the program, so that students can eat and access toilet facilities located on the ground floor behind the lift.
  • If the weather is inclement a shelter area is located on the eastern side of the building between the State Library and the Museum’s armoury building.
  • A staff member will meet your group near the main entrance.
What should we bring to an education program?
  • Medication may be carried by the adult supervisor in a backpack.
  • Please arrange name tags for early years and primary students.
  • Devices are provided by the State Library, but we encourage senior secondary students to BYO devices.
  • Students who wish to join the State Library and receive a library card need to do so before visiting the library and request the card to be mailed to them.
  • Students wishing to access photocopying services will need to bring money.
  • Storage is available to accommodate school bags or food/drink crates.
Do you have teacher tips for visiting the State Library for research?
  • Discuss research topics with your students and the types of resources that might be useful.
  • Students may wish to access a Library Guide relevant to research topics.
  • Involve the school librarian in your students' research projects.
  • Allocate sufficient time at the State Library for your research.
  • Some collection items are in storage but you can request an item to be retrieved from storage via the catalogue before your visit. Find out more about the retrieval service.
  • If you are intending to stay to use the resources after your program, you will need to book electronic database computers for your students to use.


Term 2 – 29 April to 5 July

Term 3 - 22 July to 27 September (Thursdays)