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Australia in the Post War World: Year 10 History: Introduction





You are to identify an event or person who, in the post-World War II era, has helped to shape/ influence significantly the making of (modern) Australia.


       You should address three focus questions during your research.

  1. Who is the person/ What is the event?
  2. What is the nature of their/ its particular contribution/ influence on Australia?
  3. How has this contribution/ influence actually shaped (modern) Australia?

Possible Research Topics


  • Ben Chifley
  • Joan Sutherland
  • Betty Cuthbert
  • Joern Utzon
  • Albert Namatjira
  • End of WW2
  • Korean War
  • Evatt at UN
  • Advent of television
  • Introduction of Rock 'n Roll music
  • Polio vaccine developed
  • ABC radio broadcasts nationally
  • Queen Elizabeth II 

Possible Research Topics


  • Rod Laver
  • Harold Holt
  • Dorothea Mackellar dies
  • Norman Lindsay dies
  • Roma Mitchell - first woman judge
    (SA Supreme Court)
  • Tied Test at Gabba
  • Vietnam War
  • Conscription reintroduced
  • Apollo support - Parkes 'dish'
  • Beatles tour
  • Springbok tour
  • Freedom Rides
  • Women's Rights                                                                             


Possible Research Topics


  • Gough Whitlam
  • Neville Bonner
  • Patrick White (Nobel Prize
    for Literature)
  • Kerry Packer
  • Pat O'Shane
  • Shane Gould
  • Evonne Goolagong
  • Film industry renaissance
  • "The Dismissal"
  • 1974 Brisbane Flood
  • Cyclone Tracy - Darwin
  • Racial Discrimination Act passed
  • Sydney Opera House opened
  • "Advance Australia Fair" official national anthem
  • Australia's combat role in Vietnam ends
  • Tent Embassy in Canberra

Possible Research Topics


  • Bob Hawke
  • Michael & Lindy Chamberlain
  • Thomas Keneally
  • Raelene Boyle
  • Kay Cottee
  • Alan Bond
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Azaria Chamberlain disappearance
  • Brisbane Commonwealth Games
  • Prince and Princess of Wales tour
  • Fitzgerald Inquiry Queensland
  • Bicentennial Celebrations
  • Newcastle earthquake
  • New Parliament House opened
  • Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Possible Research Topics


  • Carmen Lawrence
  • Victor Chang
  • Brett Whiteley
  • Eddie Mabo
  • Fred Hollows
  • Pauline Hanson
  • Mabo Decision
  • Australian success at Barcelona
  • Mandatory Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • John Howard becomes Prime Minister
  • Port Arthur massacre
  • 'No' vote to Australian republic
  • East Timor
  • 'Suburban Sprawl' in major cities

Possible Research Topics


  • Cathy Freeman
  • John Howard
  • Ian Frazer
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Tim Winton
  • Sydney Olympics
  • Attacks on World Trade Centre
  • Australia joins War on Terror
  • Tampa affair/ Children Overboard affair
  • palm island death in custody
  • Cronulla Riots
  • NT intervention
  • Global Financial Crisis


Consider these questions when developing your research questions.

What? – the nature of things

Who/ what was it?

How was it achieved?

What did they do?How did people react?

What was the impact?

So What? – the significance of things

Extent to which it succeeded (or failed)?


Popular or not?Beneficiaries and losers?

Turning points?


Where does this fit in the Australian Curriculum ?

Strand:  Historical Knowledge and Understanding

A study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context. Specifically, how was Australian society affected by other significant global events and changes in this period?