Link to the video: youtube
Red = Facts
Blue = Questions
Green = Understandings
Anh Do is a comedian and author who was born in Vietnam and fled to Australia with his family when he was 2. They spent 5 days at sea and had 2 pirate attacks along the way. They were rescued by a German ship who threw Anh Do’s father a axe since he could only rescue them if their boat was sinking. They were rescued and continued on their journey to Australia. When they arrived they were greeted by 2 nuns who gave them a bag of clothes. The translation got mixed up and they were given little boy’s clothes and little girls clothes. Their mum was too polite to complain so she dressed Anh Do’s little brother ( Khoa Do ) as a girl. I wonder how hard and scary it would have been to be on that boat and have encountered 2 pirate attacks. I wonder how they were treated by other people when they arrived in Australia. I understand that their situation would have been hard, especially since they wouldn’t have spoken much English. I wonder how their experience would have been different to other immigrants and refugees.
Anh Do later wrote a book called ‘The happiest refugee’ and a picture book called ‘The Little refugee’ describing his experiences as a refugee. His brother Khoa Do won the ‘Young Australian of the year’ award in 2005.
Prompt: camera, beautiful, brown, hard, worried
I looked through my camera lens at the beautiful, brown horse. It’s hooves plodded through the snow leaving marks in the white carpet covering the landscape. My stomach churned. I bit my lip. I knew I wasn’t meant to be here and the thought worried me. It was too hard to leave this beautiful creature alone though. I heard a creaking sound come from the barn behind me. I spun around to see the door wide open with nobody standing there. I crept forward slowly. I peered through the door. The room was empty. I felt a shiver down my spine. Suddenly the darkness engulfed me.
Prompt: …but how could something so tiny….
My sister was always full of energy, so I was shocked to see her so still. She lay there her face as pale as a ghost. I collapsed to the ground, sobbing.
That was 5 years ago now, but I am still haunted by the memories. As the doctors explained my sister died from a rare disease called tandemae plague, caused by a bacteria in certain foods. Since that traumatic day, nothing has been the same. My mother died from grief and my father turned to alcohol. I became depressed, having seen my family fall apart in front of my own eyes. All because of that disease. But how could something so tiny do so much damage to one family?
The link to the video: federation-explained
Australia could have been very different if people made different choices. For example if Abel Tasman decided to stay in Tasmania, when he first discovered it in 1642, we could all be speaking Dutch. One decision that made a huge impact on Australia today was federation.
In the 1850’s there were six colonies, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland. The territories came later. Each colony had its own defence force, trade policies, and even train tracks, meaning you would have to get off and change trains to travel across the border. The colonies decided that if they joined together as one country, they would be able to defend themselves better against other countries. Some of the bigger and richer colonies like New South Wales and Victoria worried about the fact that they might have to share money with they smaller, poorer colonies like Tasmania and Western Australia. The smaller colonies were worried that the bigger colonies would have too much power. To make it more fair they decided that each colony would have the same amount of senators. Federation was in 1901.
It wasn’t equal for everyone though. Up until 1902, women weren’t allowed to vote. The aboriginals weren’t allowed to vote until 1962, and they weren’t even counted as a part of Australia’s population until 1971.
I wonder why they created the territories if they already had the six states / colonies. I wonder what it would have been like if we didn’t have federation. I understand that if Australia hadn’t federated and become one country, life would be very different.
Prompt : …so that’s why I’m always last..
I could hear gunshots in the background as I ducked underneath the table. I turned around and saw two glowing objects. They seemed to be coming closer. My chest was pounding. I couldn’t leave my hideout, I would be killed, but I couldn’t stay, the thing would kill me too. I opened my mouth to scream for help but then realised that no-one would be able to hear me, my dad had died fighting in the war, and my mum and my little sister, were at home and they didn’t hear the alert. Suddenly, I felt a sharp stab in my chest. I was the last in my family to live, but now my time had come.
The link to the video: Video
Blue: Questions / Wonders
Red:Recalls / Facts
Green: Insights / Understandings
The soldiers that came with the first fleet often thought that being a convict would be a whole lot easier than being a soldier. The soldiers were given a very small amount of money, had to be separated from their families, and were treated brutally. They thought that being a convict would be easier because you had assigned hours, agreed rates of pay, and once they had done their time they could apply for land grants. I wonder if stealing on purpose, like the two soldiers in the video did, was common with the soldiers. I understand that life was hard for the soldiers as well as the convicts and the Aboriginals. I wonder if the two soldiers were the first to steal in hope of having a better life or if lots of soldiers were already doing it.
The soil beneath me started to shift. The cool breeze blew through my leaves as something tugged at my roots. Something was emerging from the ground. I could feel myself being pulled underground. I tried to scream but nothing came out. All you could hear was the rustling of my leaves.
People kept on walking past, completely oblivious of what was going on right in front of them. ‘Help!’ I tried to call out. To them I didn’t mean anything, I was just something to acknowledge, without really caring about. I knew I was more than that, I was important too, but it didn’t feel that way.
I gingerly placed my foot on the shore. After months and months of travelling we had discovered land. The feeling was remarkable. I slowly turned around. The waves were crashing on the shore. Giant palm trees loomed above me and colourful birds squawked in the distance. I could feel the sand between my toes. My instincts told me to be frightened of this new land, however for some reason I wasn’t. I felt like some how I belonged here. Suddenly a figure emerged from behind the yellow bushes. It was a woman, with chestnut hair cascading down her shoulders. “Welina hou Hiwahiwa.”
* Welina hou Hiwahiwa. Translates to Welcome back Hiwahiwa in Hawaiian
** Hiwahiwa is a Traditional Hawaiian name meaning Precious, Beloved and Favourite.
This week we watched two videos for our B.T.N. One was from the convicts’ perspective and one was from the Aboriginals’ perspective.
Here are links for the two videos.
btn < The Convicts’ Perspective
myplace < The Aboriginals’ Perspective
Red = Recalls / Facts
Blue = Wonders / Questions
Green =- Insights / Understanding
In 1788 the First Fleet arrived in Australia. The first fleet had 11 ships; six for transporting the convicts, three containing all the materials needed for creating a colony and two more that were navy ships. I wonder what it would be like to be an Aboriginal when the English arrived in Botany Bay, and claimed the land that the Aboriginals and their ancestors lived on for thousands of years, was theirs. I understand that the English coming to Australia would be hard for both the convicts and the Aboriginals, the Aboriginals because the English came and took their land, and the convicts because they had been shipped off from their home and their families and the conditions were harsh. It is estimated that around 29 convicts died on the voyage. I wonder, since we spend so much time talking about how bad it was on the Aboriginals and the convicts, and no doubt, it was horrible, but I wonder if it was also bad on the Governors, Captains and other positions of authority. It is often said that the conditions on the ships we terrible, hot and full of pests, for the convicts, but I wonder if it was also really bad for the Governors etc.and if not how did they prevent them?
Here is the link to my reflection: