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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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;


This 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)


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.