Colonial Australian Women – Mary MacKillop Activity Pack


Introduce your students to Mary MacKillop with this fun, hands-on interactive notebook activity pack.


Mary MacKillop’s dedication to helping the poor through charity and education played an important role in the development of colonial Australia. Her determination and commitment to others was the catalyst for her journey to becoming Australia’s first saint. In this resource, Mary MacKillop visits Miss Townsend’s class to share her story.

Miss Townsend isn’t your average teacher. She ensures her students are totally engaged in her lessons by transporting famous Australians to her classroom for the students to interview and learn from. Mary MacKillop is one of these special visitors and your students will be as engaged as Miss Townsend’s by her story. 

The five activities included in this pack are:

  • Mary MacKillop’s visit with Miss Townsend’s class – Text
  • Comprehension Flip Book
  • Adjective foldable activity
  • Vocabulary Vessel
  • Mary’s timeline of compassion foldable activity
  • Bonus: Mary MacKillop  Mini-unit title page

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Australian Curriculum Links

This lesson and its activities have been created to help you meet the Australian Curriculum achievement standard outcome for Year 5 requiring that students “The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants (including Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples)”(ACARA 2017) Content descriptor ACHASSK107 requires that students investigate colonial life to discover what it was like for inhabitants including the lives of children and small communities. Mary’s story is a great way for students to explore and discuss this topic.


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Year 5, Year 6, Year 7



Resource Type

Assessments, Unit of work, Worksheets


HASS, History


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