Did you know that 62% of Australian population growth in the last ten years is a result of immigration? Currently 29% of the Australian population were born overseas. Over the years, people have decided to leave their homes to come and make a new life in Australia, land of opportunity. The push and pull of immigration has seen the arrival of the first convict ships, an influx due to the gold rush and land availability, as well as families affected by the tragedies of war.
For many of these post world war immigrants, their first experience in Australia occurred when their boats arrived at Lytton Quarantine Station, the museum theatre site for our year 6 history program, Immigration. History comes alive for students as they retrace the journeys of immigrants over time, participating in theatre scenes and dramatic explorations of the authentic buildings and site. Students become part of the story as they take on the role of a newly arrived immigrant from Europe after WWI. The program focuses on deep thinking exploring reasons for migration, where they came from and importantly, their contributions to Australian society today and into the future. We love this partnership program with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, with super talented theatre-in-education specialists Daley Donnelly and Zoe de Plevitz.