Making a nation Defining Moments, 1750–1901
Investigation 2: Strangers in a strange land
As part of this learning module you have investigated the experiences of some different ethnic groups in Australia before the 1900s and the prevailing attitudes of Australians at that time towards them.
1. From the three Defining Moments you have looked at, and the case study, what have you discovered about those experiences?
2. What have you discovered about the attitudes of Australians at that time towards non-European migrants?
3. Conduct further research into the experiences of other migrant groups who came to Australia in the nineteenth century such as the Afghan cameleers and the Japanese pearl divers. Were their experiences similar or different to the ones you have explored in this investigation?
4. How does the Mei Quong Tart story add to your understanding of the overall experience of non-European migrants in the 1800s in Australia, and the attitudes of most people towards them? Explain your answer.