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Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

NSW Department of Education Teachers

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Stage 1 - History - The Past in the Present

Stage 1 history


Kamay Botany Bay EEC

Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell


Students will gain an understanding of how Kamay Botany Bay was inhabited, in the past, by the Gweagal people, and by settlers who farmed here in the 1800s. Students will explore both the bush and the beach.

Students will be actively involved in dressup roleplays and investigating artefacts.



HT1-2 identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time

HT1-3 describes the effects of changing technology on people's lives over time

HT1-4 demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

Key Inquiry Questions

  •  What aspects of the past can you see today?
  •  What do they tell us?
  •  What remains of the past are important to the local  community? Why?
  •  How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

Students will

  • Explore historic life in the heritage listed National Park.
  • Explore aspects of the past and consider how people lived through time – continuous Aboriginal living, during the European farming period, and to the present day.
  • Learn about traditional Aboriginal custodianship of the land, water and resources.
  • Dress up in period clothing from 1850s and perform traditional chores at Alpha Farmhouse.
  • Look at primary and secondary sources as evidence of Aboriginal inhabitation, the arrival of Captain Cook and land use for farming in the 1800s.

Learning across the curriculum content

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Sustainability
  • Literacy


View The Past in the Present excursion outline