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.

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Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool 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;


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 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.