• Audience
    Secondary school
  • Learning stage
    Stage 5
  • Curriculum area
    Science, Geography
  • Resource type
    Digital story

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This activity gives students a taste for most of the exhibitions in the Museum as they create their own digital story about ‘Australia through time’. Learn about Australia’s evolving landscape, the history of First Nations’ peoples, dinosaurs, megafauna, and other extinct organisms, using fossils and archaeological evidence in the Museum collection.


  • Smartphone or iPad
  • 'Australia through time' map


  • Find the ten objects in the Museum. Read the label and object description.
  • Take photos and notes or make a 60 second video at each location. Think about how it tells us about Australia’s past environments, how it helps us to relate animals from the past with those of today, or how First Nations people lived sustainably on Country.
  • Use the words under each heading as a guide in your story about each object.
  • Back at school - Make a video, website or use another presentation style of your choice to tell a story of ‘Australia through Time’.
  • We recommend Adobe Spark.

1 Stromatolite

3000 million years ago, cyanobacteria, photosynthesis, sea levels, Shark Bay, fossils, oxygen

2 Canowindra Fish Fossils

360 – 370 million years ago, late Devonian, 4000 fossils, 8 fish species, ancient lake ecosystem

3 Shifting Continents

200 million years ago, Pangaea, Gondwana, fossil evidence, Glossopteris, Continental drift, Mesosaur, Cynodont

4 Australian Dinosaurs – Cretaceous

110 million years ago, early Cretaceous, Lightning Ridge, polar zone, fossils, mammals, dinosaurs, invertebrates, marine reptiles

5 'Eric' the Pliosaur

110 million years ago, pliosaur, opalised fossil, inland sea, Aboriginal water dreamings, aquatic carnivorous reptile

6 Diprotodon

30,000- 25,000 years ago, megafauna, marsupial, 2700 kg, climate change, Aboriginal people

7 'Welcome to Country' video

Eora Nation, 29 clans, gadigal, Hawkesbury (Darkinjung), Nepean (Deerubbin), Georges (Kayimai)

8 Archaeological Peel

4,000 years ago – present, baning bawaga (cave shelter), Balmoral, bones, magura (fish), gan (reptiles), wali (possum), badangi (Sydney Rock Oyster), vital

9 Thylacine

100 years ago

10 Climate Change

100 years ago – Present