Sourcing the Swan River Colony

Sourcing the Swan River Colony

How can information from a tombstone unlock the history of Western Australia? With information from colonial grave stones, students research primary sources from archival collections to discover more about the lives of the Swan River colonists. In this guided workshop, students are introduced to critical information skills and shown how to find primary source materials that will transport them back to the Swan River Colony.

This guided workshop is 1-hour duration.

Download the Pre and Post Activity Sheet [PDF] for ideas and activities which relate to online research, particularly the lives of people in the early Swan River Colony.

Students will:

  • Engage with a variety of primary source materials.
  • Understand the role of the Library in preserving stories from the past.
  • Compare and contrast items from the past and the present.
  • Identify basic key words.
  • Search for primary source materials online.

Sourcing the Swan River Colony can be supported by the addition of the downloadable Swan River Colonial Walking Trail (PDF). This self-guided walking trail is an introduction to the history of the area from colonisation in 1829 to the early 20th Century and will reinforce the names and places uncovered in the students’ research.

Curriculum Links

HaSS: (ACHASSK107), (ACHASSK110), (WAHASS51), (WAHASS52), (WAHASS53), (WAHASS54), (WAHASS55). 

Bookings are essential for all school visits. If you would like to book an educational experience for your students, complete a workshop request form, call 9427 3202 or email  All education visits are free of charge.

Last updated on: 6 February 2020