Maritime explorers make a Splash

Maritime explorers make a Splash
Another new resource for students
22 December 2014

The National Library of Australia's remarkable collection of material relating to the seventeenth and eighteenth century maritime exploration of the Australian continent forms the basis of a new online learning resource that has just gone live.

Over the past couple of months the Library's education unit has been working with the ABC to develop content for Splash, an education website for teachers, school-aged children and their parents.

Splash content is strongly linked to the Australian curriculum, and the history section tasks students in Year 4 with understanding world explorers, navigators and traders during the age of discovery. Students identify key individuals, reconstruct epic journeys and examine contacts and impacts between societies.

This is the second digibook delivered as part of the Library's collaboration with ABC Splash. The digibook highlights the motivations and achievements of Dutch and British explorers, including Abel Tasman and James Cook, and focuses on mapping and naming of the Australian coastline.

Our first digibook looked at the experiences of Australians at home during the First World War.

The third digibook, Headlines through History, uses digitised newspapers, accessible through Trove, to examine how big events in Australian history have been told in newspapers and magazines.

To find out more, visit ABC Splash and view the digibook or check out the Trove list.

ABC Splash page