Student quiz

'Who's a clever cocky then?'

Think you know it all? Try the quiz and see how you do! Give it your best shot and good luck!


Q.1: In what year was the word ‘bushranger’ first recorded in an Australian newspaper?

A. 1805

B. 1905

C. 1789

Q.2: When did NSW’s bushranging era come to an end in NSW?

A. 1890s

B. 1880s

C. 1930s

Q.3: How successful were bushrangers?

A. Very, they made lots of money and lived long lives.

B. Most became famous and were popular.

C. A few became well-known, but most were soon caught by police and punished.

Troopers & Aboriginal Trackers

Q.4: Where did the men who served in the NSW police come from?

A. They were all former policemen who had migrated to Australia from England.

B. Different places around the United Kingdom, but mostly Ireland.

C. Early on they were mostly from the United Kingdom, but over time more came from Australia.

Q.5: Why was Trooper Alexander Walker given a gold watch?

A. Because his old one had stopped working and he couldn’t tell the time.

B. As a reward for bravery when he hunted down a dangerous bushranger.

C. It was part of the mounted police uniform.

The NSW gold rush

Q.6: Why was a government mint built in Sydney in 1855?

A. To turn the miners' raw gold into a trusted currency.

B. People needed somewhere to store their money.

C. The government needed a place to print bank notes.

Q.7: What kind of currency did it produce?

A. Paper money and coins.

B. Sovereigns and half-sovereigns.

C. $1 and $2 coins.

Q.8: Approximately how many grams of gold were needed to make one gold coin?

A. 5 grams

B. 10 grams

C. 8 grams


Q.9: Why were young Irish women given assistance to migrate to Australia in 1848?

A. There was a terrible famine in Ireland and migration would help them escape it.

B. Irish families in Australia wanted their friends to come out.

C. The girls were being sent away to boarding school.

Q.10: While at sea, what did the girls do?

A. Whatever they liked, whenever they liked.

B. They were supposed to follow a strict schedule, including school lessons.

C. Some went to school, while others learned to sail the ship.

Q.11: How many Chinese miners are thought to have come to the Araluen gold fields in NSW?

A. 10,000

B. 7,000

C. 2,000

Q.12: What were some reasons that Europeans in NSW were against Chinese migrants?

A. They worried about losing jobs to them

B. They thought they brought illness (like smallpox)

C. They resented their success on the gold fields

Technology & Transport

Q.13: Approximately how many telegrams were sent in NSW in 1880?

A. 40,000

B. 705,980

C. 1,300,000

Q.14: What effects did the development of railways have throughout the colony?

A. Lots of positive effects

B. Both positive and negative effects

C. Most people didn’t notice the change

The gold escort

Q.15: How much gold did Frank Gardiner steal in 1862, and what was his punishment?

A. 800kg and a fine

B. 77kg and 32 years in jail

C. 65kg and 12 years in jail


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We're not judging .....but.

0-5 correct answers and you're a 'raucous Rosella'.

Maybe too much squawking! Do some more reading and have another go.

6-10 correct answers and you're a 'laughing Lorikeet'.

Looking good, try and find out where you went wrong.

11-15 correct answers and you're a 'clever Cocky'.

Time to pack up. No more school for you today (kidding).

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