Australian History

The collection of records in Vrroom offers a window into key events and significant themes of 20th-century Australian History – events such as the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 and themes relating to people, power and politics, immigration,national identity and environmental issues. In 2012 Vrroom is linking grouped primary sources with the Australian Curriculum: History. See Traversing Antarctica, the Australian experience.

Vrroom can help teachers and students find archival records relating to nine broad research topics.

Civics and Citizenship

Vrroom is an excellent resource for secondary students studying Civics and Citizenship. Use it to explore questions such as:

  • What is citizenship?
  • Who is a citizen and who isn't, and who says so?
  • Does Australia have an identifiable national identity?
  • Do women and Indigenous people still lack equal rights?
  • What is the purpose of the Constitution?
  • What are the limits on a citizen's obligation to serve his or her nation?
  • What does it mean to live in a democracy?
  • What does leadership in a democracy mean?
  • Should a democracy guarantee freedom of speech, freedom to join or promote a political association, and equal opportunity?

To study Civics and Citizenship, you might look at governance processes:

You might explore government policy, for example:

Or you might examine how the public interacts with the government:

You could also explore Civics and Citizenship through topics such as:

You can find other records by conducting your own research. An advanced search will produce more targeted results.


Vrroom is also a valuable tool for studying English. Students can find a broad range of texts to explore how a message can be reinforced – or sometimes unsettled – by:

  • mode of address
  • tone
  • style
  • illustration
  • design and layout.

Some records advance an argument:

Some records use formal language:

Some records rely on visual elements to make their point or to tell a story:

Some records are packed with emotions:

You can find other records by conducting your own research. An advanced search will produce more targeted results.


Because the Australian Government has long been involved in scientific research and development, the National Archives holds a wealth of records that are interesting and relevant to the study of science. See, for example, records about:

Information and Communication Technologies

As a searchable database, Vrroom is a good resource for students learning to:

  • search and browse records
  • manage sources of information.

In Vrroom, students can search for records, identify sources that are appropriate for their purpose, and describe, sort and save records into groups. A good task may be to find and save two contrasting sources, attaching notes to describe the nature of the contrast.

We would also welcome suggestions from students for improving Vrroom.