HST201 Colonial Australia (8)


This subject takes a thematic and chronological approach to Australian history with a strong emphasis on social history. In particular, it surveys many of the events, debates and developments that have shaped Australian history from 1788 to 1900.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HST201
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

This subject is not available to students in the BA(Communication).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate expanded knowledge of colonial Australian history
- be able to demonstrate their awareness of the range of events, debates and developments that have shaped Australian history from 1788 to 1900
- be able to assess and interpret evidence drawn from a range of sources
- be able to demonstrate their capacity to use primary sources in archives and libraries
- be able to demonstrate enhanced competencies for critical thinking and expression


The subject will cover the following topics:
- 'Bound for Botany Bay': the convict experiment - The Foundation of a British Colony: the debate - The Appropriation of a New Land - The Colonists (1819-1842) - The Political and Cultural Transformation of the Colonies to 1850 - Gold Fever and the Impact of the Eureka Stockade - Colonial Australia and "The Long Boom" (1860-1890) - The Changing Shape of Colonial Society (1860-1900) - The Development of an 'Australian' Culture (1860-1900) - Colonial Power Relations (1860-1900)


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.