Worth it’s weight in gold…a maths inquiry

Since the discovery of gold in Australia 1851, there have been a number of sizable nuggets uncovered…from 1850 something to present day.
Your task is to research these discoveries.  You will calculate their value in AUD ( what does this mean?) and present this information three ways.

  • using Excel create a table , showing  year, location,name if supplied, weight in troy ounces, size and dollar value today.
  • create a graph…this is quantative data. Which graph format will be most appropriate?
  • Year 6 students will need to also show the comparative value of each nugget as a perentage of the toatl value of all nuggets. Which graph format is most suitable for this task?
  • you will record a response using audio or video.. to share your learning.

And by the way…this will be a partner  task….Good Luck!

 

Smellbourne…

It is difficult to imagine that the part of Melbourne we now know as South Bank was once known as Canvas Town.
Explore this image

Canvas Town Explained ….courtesy of http://ergo.slv.vic.gov.au/image/canvas-town
Accomodation simply could not be built fast enough to keep up with the large numbers of people coming in to Victoria during the gold rush. A tent settlement, known as ‘canvas town’ was set up. It was south of the Yarra, to the west side of St. Kilda Road, where buildings such as the National Gallery of Victoria now stand.

De Gruchy & Leigh, lithographers ca.1855

Accession number: H25127

From the State Library of Victoria’s Pictures Collection.

Accomodation simply could not be built fast enough to keep up with the large numbers of people coming in to Victoria during the gold rush. A tent settlement, known as ‘canvas town’ was set up. It was south of the Yarra, to the west side of St. Kilda Road, where buildings such as the National Gallery of Victoria now stand.

De Gruchy & Leigh, lithographers ca.1855

Accession number: H25127

From the State Library of Victoria’s Pictures Collection.

Accomodation simply could not be built fast enough to keep up with the  large numbers of people coming in to Victoria during the gold rush.  A  tent settlement, known as ‘canvas town’ was set up.  It was south of the  Yarra, to the west side of St. Kilda Road, where buildings such as the  National Gallery of Victoria now stand.

 

De Gruchy & Leigh, lithographers ca.1855

Accession number: H25127

From the State Library of Victoria’s Pictures Collection.

 

 

Gold…when, where and who?

Just three simple questions.

How many of you  believe that your  group was able to confidently answer them during your discussion?

 Perhaps you might need to dig a little deeperBe careful…there is such a thing as ‘fools gold’.

 Also…what image have you decided to include on your Gold Book cover and why?
 
 

 

Painting by S T Gill
Gold Diggers at Ballaarat… Painting by S T Gill

 

 

S T Gill… 'A picture paints a thousand words'.

“A picture paints a thousand words”… according to a well- known proverb.

When it comes to recording history, this is especially true. Let’s face it, there were no digital cameras, mobile phones  or iPods on the diggings in the 1850’s.  So…thank goodness for someone like S.T.Gill.

After trying his luck on the goldfields without success, he decided to return to his true talent. His watercolour paintings provide us with a snapshot of life on the Victorian goldfields in the mid 1850’s.

Are you able to descibe the history behind the art ?

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