Voyage to Van Diemen’s Land

During my recent planning for a small history unit on Australian colonisation I stumbled upon the online game Voyage to Van Diemen’s Land. This is a great way to help your students to see what the members of the first convict ships experienced prior to and during their six month journey from England to Tasmania. The students take control of the planning including what food to take and who to put in charge, and then have to deal with weather, sick convicts and other phenomena during the voyage. If the students pay attention closely then the ship makes the voyage, fail to do so and it’s a watery grave for them all!

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