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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

History in the Frame

History (Years 3 to 6)

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

History: Years 3-6 

Duration
1 hour
Materials
1 x sheet of A4 or A3 drawing paper and pencil per student
Price
Free

Let our guides take you and your students on a journey through our Collection. This program promotes inquiry into individuals, events and ideas that have contributed to Australia’s development as a nation. Students explore portraits as historical documents through visual analysis, discussion, activity and drawing.

Curriculum links

In this program, students will:

  • Investigate European exploration and colonisation in Australia and life for Indigenous Australians pre- and post-contact;
  • Understand how they are interconnected with diverse people and places across the globe over time and learn of migration stories to Australia;
  • Discover how portraits can be used as a historical source.

Content descriptions

Year 4 ACHASSI073; ACHASSI077; ACHASSI079; ACHASSK083; ACHASSK084; ACHASSK086
Year 5 ACHASSI094; ACHASSI098; ACHASSI099; ACHASSI101; ACHASSK107
Year 6 ACHASSI122; ACHASSI126; ACHASSI127; ACHASSI129; ACHASSK135; ACHASSK135; ACHASSK136; ACHASSK137

Bookings 

To make a booking, please go to the bookings page and choose Virtual Excursions from the program list, and select History in the Frame from the available options.

The Virtual Excursions project is made possible with funds generously donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.