First Contacts – Dundullimal Homestead, Dubbo




A student:

  • HT2-3   describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
  • HT2-4   describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
  • HT2-5  applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

Key inquiry questions:

  • Why did people travel from Europe (and other places) and settle in Australia in the early 1800s?
  • Why did the Scottish brothers Charles Campbell and Dalmahoy Campbell travel to western NSW and settle at Dundullimal?
  • What was life like for the traditional custodians of the land, the Wiradjuri people before the arrival of the Campbell brothers, John Maughan etc?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between the Wiradjuri people and early settlers like the Campbell brothers?


The diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the ways Aboiginal (and in particular the Wiradjuri peoples)  are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives (ACHHK077).


  • Identify the original inhabitants of Australia and create a timeline indicating their longevity in Australia of more than 50,000 years
  • Investigate the traditional Aboriginal way of life, focusing on people, their beliefs, food, shelter, tools and weapons, customs and ceremonies, art works, dance, music, and relationship to Country
  • Discuss the question: ‘Who discovered Australia?’
  • Describe the nature of contact between Aboriginal people and Aboriginal resistance
  • Identify different perspectives on the arrival of the British to Australia
  • Outline the impact of early British colonisation on Aboriginal country


SOURCES: NSW Education Standards Authority