Yeas 4, 5

Life Onboard


Life Onboard

This program asks students to consider the experience of life on board for migrants voyaging by ship from England to South Australia in 1836; Where did they sleep, what did they eat and drink, how did they cope with illness on board, and how did they while away the long days on deck? We also explore the changing motivations for migrating over time and the evolution of sea travel from sailing ships through to steam and modern cruise liners.

Education at the Maritime Museum

The South Australian Maritime Museum offers a wide variety of education programs encompassing a variety of year levels and learning outcomes. Located in the historic Port Adelaide precinct, the South Australian Maritime
Museum preserves, explores and celebrates the human history of our oceans and rivers.

Renowned for its innovative approach to maritime history and education, the Museum incorporates the historic Bond Store with three levels of exhibitions, the Port Adelaide Lighthouse from South Neptune Island, and the much-loved steam tug, Yelta.


Year 4

AC9HS4K03 –  the experiences of individuals and groups, including military and civilian officials, and convicts involved in the establishment of the first British colony

AC9HS4S05 – draw conclusions based on analysis of information

AC9HS4S07 – present descriptions and explanations, using ideas from sources and relevant subject-specific terms

Year 5

AC9HS5K01 – the economic, political and social causes of the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800

AC9HS5S05 – develop evidence-based conclusions

AC9HS5S07 – present descriptions and explanations, drawing ideas, findings and viewpoints from sources, and using relevant terms and conventions

Where to Next?

Continue the learning in your classroom with these themed resources and find out more about Life Onboard

Kahoot Quiz

Life Onboard Video

The History of Life Onboard Presentation

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