Australian History 1 Essay Topics



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Australian History 1




Essay Topics

Choose ONE of the following topics and write 6-8 pages about it. You may write about it subjectively based on what you have read for the class and outside of it, or you may choose to write it as a research paper.


Please cite where you get information from and add any necessary bibliography.
Please number your pages and put your name on each page.
The topics are mostly given to have either a pro- or an anti-side to it so you may choose which side you will explore. Keep to the topic at hand.
Due to the short length of the paper keep your ‘arguments’ succinct and relevant.

1. “The coming of the British signified not the colonisation but the invasion of Australia” Discuss.
2. “Aboriginal oral history is irrelevant to the study of Australia’s past”


  1. Compare the treatment of the Maoris in New Zealand to that of the Aborigines in Australia




  1. Discuss the role that women had in colonial Australia




  1. “Australians wanted a republic in the 19th century and were willing to do whatever was necessary to have it become reality”




  1. Describe the lives of women in the cities of Melbourne and Sydney during the 19th century as compared to the lives of women in rural Australia.




  1. How were immigrants treated in Australia during the colonial years? What sort of occupations did they find for themselves? Where did they move to within the colonies? What were the significant waves of immigrants?

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