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Portraits Tell Stories (Stage 2, Stage 3)

  04-Apr-2024      02:00PM
Live Event

From Dreaming stories to decimal changeover, the Endeavour to Yothu Yindi, Australian history is full of fascinating tales – and we have the portraits to prove it. 

IMAGE: The Great South Sea Caterpillar Transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks), 1795 (printed 1851) by James Gillray #NPGDART


History | Year 3 – Year 6 

This interactive session for Stage 2 and 3 students uses portraiture to provide opportunities for learners to develop and deepen their understanding of Australian history. Evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives and empathy will be used as tools to investigate portraits in our collection within their historical context. 

Key curriculum links: 

  • Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children [ACHASSK135] 
  • Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated [ACHASSK136] 
  • The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation [ACHASSK137] 

Please ensure each student has access to paper and pencils for the drawing activity.


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: National Portrait Gallery

Event Details

Date & Time

  04-Apr-2024    02:00PM   + Google Calendar  + iCal Export

Event Type

Live Event - Scheduled

Delivery Platform



1 Hour





Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

HSIE » History

Other KLAs

Creative Arts » Visual Arts

Will This Event Be Recorded?

No - This will only be available at the designated date & time (04-Apr-2024 02:00PM).

Joining The Event

Technology and Materials Requirements

Students require some sheets of paper and a pencil/crayon/texta to draw with.

This virtual learning program will be delivered via Zoom. Upon booking, you will be sent a link to follow.

To facilitate the best possible experience we require a teacher to rename the Zoom connection to appropriately reflect those behind the camera. Your school name, student level/s and student numbers is preferred eg. Nolan PS – Year 5/6 – 50

We prefer you have your cameras turned on as it assists to aid participant interaction with our shared community.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Bookings Officer

Phone: 02 6102 7070

Email: [email protected]

Website: portrait.gov.au

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