New QuickQuest: Migration to Australia

We’ve All Come from Somewhere…

The story of mass migrations to Australia touches virtually every family on our island nation. As such, this is a great topic to engage students in the factors and stories that prompted migrations from the Gold Rush to the present (with options for the earliest Indigenous migration). History, Geography and Civics as well as students’ families personal experiences enrich the grand story.

This is a slimmed down version of a real WebQuest. It still uses engaging real, rich and relevant Web resources and prompted activities to help students stretch their learning.

Overview of the Migration QuickQuest

Features of this QuickQuest

  • Exploration of mass migrations.
  • Analysis of ‘Push’ and ‘Pull’ factors.
  • Discovery of how Australia’s policies stimulated and discouraged migration flows.
  • Question sheet for first-person interviews to learn more of their family history.
  • Activities for narrative and persuasive writing.
  • Develop keys concepts of ‘continuity and change’ and ’cause and effect.’
  • Extra Online Resources help stretch students’ understanding and interests.

DIY or TpT? – You Choose!

Because I want to support education, teachers and students (as I have since the first WebQuests in the 1990s), I provide a hotlist of the resources used in the activities. This way if you want to take the “Do It Yourself” approach, explore the links below and create your own activities.  If you’re happy to save time, use my approaches focused on “real, rich and relevant” learning, then use the QuickQuest is available through TeachersPayTeachers at minimal cost.

Hotlist of Resources

WW1 Veteran speaks of the Gallipoli landing

Jack Hazlitt describes his landing at Gallipoli


  1. What do you see?
  2. What do you think about that?
  3. What does it make you wonder?

Melbourne Then and Now

Bourke Street Melbourne
Bourke Street Melbourne

Where is the mother and her two daughters in the foreground going?

When was this picture painted?  What clues are there?

Why was this painted? What was the artist trying to say?

Look carefully at the shops along Bourke Street.  What might be sold? How is this different to the shops today?


How recently was this picture taken? How can you tell?

There are no more horses and carts in the picture. Why?

People are still busy walking around the city. Are they still doing the same things?

WW1 veteran describes his landing at Gallipoli


Jack Hazlitt lied about his age to enlist in WW1.
This is a segment of the last interview he gave about his experiences before he died aged 96.

1. What caught your attention?

2. What do you think about that?

3. What do you wonder?