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Unsung Heroes of Australian History School Shows and Study Guides

In 2015 we presented a special Anzac Centenary show for schools, with a focus on World War One and the legacy of war in Australian history. Click here for media release

In 2016 we continue to present this show, plus a number of brand new shows on themes including the environment, migration, women and the experiences of Indigenous Australians since 1788.

We were so delighted to do our first school incursion at Kingsbury Primary School on March 13, 2015 as part of the Australian Government ANZAC Centennary Grant to deliver 10 live performances to Batman Primary and Secondary Schools. What a terrific bunch of students!

School Incursions

Unsung Heroes of Australian History live at your school Incursion details
Unsung Heroes of Australian History offers an incursion packages that can be tailored to suit the particular needs and interests of your students. These can be delivered in conjunction with the school study guides. The show is highly interactive and adapted in length and content to primary and secondary students. Unsung Heroes of Australian History covers a number of key areas in the Australian Curriculum. It is recommended for Primary: Years 5-6 and Secondary: Years 9-10.

View our brochure. Please feel free to save a copy of this pdf to your computer.

To inquire or book performances of the Unsung Heroes of Australian History at your school, contact unsungheroesofaushistory@gmail.com

Click here to see Melton South Primary School student Gemma's excellent story board inspired by the Jim Martin song.

Study Guides

Free to download school study guides prepared by Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) are available at
www.metromagazine.com.au/studyguides/study.asp

There are two sets of resources for primary school students (Years 5-6) and for secondary school students (Years 9-10).

Download Primary study guide: Unsung Heroes of Australian History: (Part 1)

Overview, To Parts Beyond the Sea, War The Without a Name, Hero for a Day

Download Secondary study guide: Unsung Heroes of Australian History: (Part 1)

Overview, To Parts Beyond the Sea, War The Without a Name, Hero for a Day

Download Primary study guide: Unsung Heroes of Australian History: (Part2)

White Stars Blue Skies, Louisa, The Man, The Woman and The Edison Phonograph, The Tale of Jim Martin

Download Secondary study guide: Unsung Heroes of Australian History: (Part2)

White Stars Blue Skies, Louisa, The Man, The Woman and The Edison Phonograph, The Tale of Jim Martin

Download Primary study guide: Unsung Heroes of Australian History: (Part 3)

The Black Stuff, Mr Etenity, Borneo Nights, Jockey Smith

Download Secondary study guide: Unsung Heroes of Australian History: (Part 3)

The Black Stuff, Mr Etenity, Borneo Nights, Jockey Smith

Download Primary study guide: Unsung Heroes of Australian History: (Part 4)

Olegas, Namatjira, Dr Mangrove, Eyes for Africa

Download Secondary study guide: Unsung Heroes of Australian History: (Part 4)

Olegas, Namatjira, Dr Mangrove, Eyes for Africa

These resources are free pdf downloads. The resources relate directly to each of the songs in the show and their stories. Each resource investigates themes in a range of ways.
Each resource includes a link to the relevant song in iTunes or you can purchase a copy of the album containing14 of the show�s original songs and includes a booklet with a pr�cis of each story and all lyrics for $25 (inc P&H)

iTunes download ($0.99c per song or $9.99 for album download) Back to top

Curriculum

Unsung Heroes of Australian History covers a number of key areas in the Australian Curriculum. It is recommended for Primary: Years 5-6 and Secondary: Years 9-10. The key areas of the curriculum covered by the songs in combination with the study guides are:

Primary

Song Title Theme or
focus
History
Year 5
History
Year 6
Civics &
Citizenship
English Music Arts
To Parts Beyond the Sea Convict women

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

The War Without a Name Frontier conflict

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Hero For a Day Bushrangers

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

White Stars Blue Skies Eureka Rebellion

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Louisa Women�s rights

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

The Man & the Woman &  the Edison Phonograph The loss of Indigenous culture under colonialism

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Jim Martin World War 1

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Black Stuff Innovation, invention of Vegemite

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Mr Eternity The man who wrote Eternity

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Borneo Nights World War 2 & returning soldiers

 

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Olegas The rise of environmentalism,  Franklin River

 

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Namatjira Difficulty of living in two cultures

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Dr Mangrove Environmentalism

 

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Eyes For Africa Volunteerism

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Jockey Smith Women�s rights and roles

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Unsung Heroes Overview

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

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Secondary

Song Title Theme or
focus
History
Year 9
History
Year 10
Civics &
Citizenship
English Music
To Parts Beyond the Sea Convict women

Y

 

 

 

Y

The War Without a Name Frontier conflict

Y

 

 

 

Y

Hero For a Day Bushrangers

Y

 

 

 

Y

White Stars Blue Skies Eureka Rebellion

Y

 

 

 

Y

Louisa Women�s rights

Y

 

 

 

Y

The Man & the Woman &  the Edison Phonograph The loss of Indigenous culture under colonialism

Y

 

 

 

Y

Jim Martin World War 1

Y

 

 

 

Y

Black Stuff Innovation, invention of Vegemite

 

 

 

Y

Y

Mr Eternity The man who wrote Eternity

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Borneo Nights World War 2 & returning soldiers

 

Y

 

 

Y

Olegas The rise of environmentalism,  Franklin River

 

Y

 

 

Y

Namatjira Difficulty of living in two cultures

 

Y

 

 

Y

Dr Mangrove Environmentalism

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Eyes For Africa Volunteerism

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Jockey Smith Women�s rights and roles

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Unsung Heroes Overview

 

 

Y

Y

Y

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Listen to the show's finale "Unsung Heroes"

Listen to a live interview
with Alan Brough,
Feb 2011
(File size 15Mb)

Listen to a live interview with Trevor Chappell
June 2014

(File size 28.4Mb)

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