Gone Bush

4-day intensive block at Albury-Wodonga campus plus online component

Dates for intensive: Thursday 30 March – Sunday 2 April 2017

Delivered in collaboration with the iconic Man From Snowy River Bush Festival, this exciting subject focuses on the role the bush has played in constructing Australian identity. Gone Bush examines Aboriginal experience, women on the land, memoir, migration, bush mythology and rural heritage through film, literature and field trips.

Students attend the Festival and experience first-hand how bush identity is being constructed and shaped in modern Australia. Gone Bush also includes visits to the famous Ettamogah Pub and Bonegilla Migrant Camp as well as film screenings and exclusive workshops.

This subject’s unique cross-disciplinary approach gives it flexible appeal to students from any learning background.

Admission and transfers to the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival and Bonegilla Migrant Camp are provided by La Trobe.

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When and Where

Online semester 1 subject plus 4-day intensive Thursday 30 March – Sunday 2 April. Multiple locations in and around Albury-Wodonga.

Subject curriculum

Bush myths have played an important role in the construction of Australian identity despite the prominence of urban centralisation in the colonisation of Australia. Students in this subject examine how and why the Australian bush has been associated with mythic and authentic white Australian identities which were defined against the city and overlooked Aboriginal people. With a focus on both men’s’ and women’s’ experience, and on memoirs of childhood, Australian rurality is examined as a set of experiences and ideas produced, distributed and consumed in the bush and beyond. Students participate in site visits in the southwest Riverina and/or the Murray River Valley that link to the subject focus.

  • Assessment requirements:
    • 1500 word Gone Bush journal and analysis task (40%)
    • 1500 word essay (40%)
    • 1000 word take home test (20%)
  • Intended Learning Objectives
    1. Identify key moments/ideas in the Australian rural history: frontier, closer settlement, country-mindedness, assimilation, de-centralisation, rural sustainability
    2. Understand important concepts shaping these histories: colonialism, Aboriginality, federation, modernity, whiteness, migration, assimilation, rural diversity.
    3. Recognise differing standpoints and perspectives that emerge from the experience of these policies and ideas in Australia.
    4. Critically evaluate how individuals, families, and communities experienced these ideas and policies.
    5. Develop a critical understanding of the nature and use of different types of historical sources.

    Subject schedule

    Thursday, 30 March 2017
    5.00 pm Welcome and introduction, Dr Jennifer Jones
    Location TBA
    6.00 pm Film Screening: The Man From Snowy River
    8.30 pm End
    Friday, 31 March 2017
    7.45 am Meet for bus to Man From Snowy River Bush Festival at Corryong
    Location TBA
    10.00 am Man From Snowy River Re-enactment
    1.00 pm Meet for bus to Bonegilla Migrant Centre
    3.00 pm Tour of Bonegilla Migrant Centre
    5.00 pm Bus to Ettamogah Pub
    5.30 pm Dinner at Ettamogah Pub
    7.30 pm Bus back to Albury-Wodonga
    8.00 pm Film screening: TBA
    10.00 pm End
    Saturday, 1 April 2017
    7.45 am Meet for bus to Man From Snowy River Bush Festival at Corryong
    Location TBA
    10.00 am Man From Snowy River Festival
    4.30 pm Meet for bus to Kinross Woolshed Hotel
    6.00 pm Dinner at Kinross Woolshed Hotel
    8.00 pm Bus back to Albury-Wodonga
    Sunday, 2 April 2017
    10.00 am Guest lecture: TBA
    11.00 am Guest lecture: TBA
    12.00 pm Lunch break
    1.00 pm Wrap-up tutorial
    2.00 pm End


    15 credit points.

    Gone Bush can be formally credited towards a major in History. Students may negotiate approval for similar credit towards English and Sociology majors with the relevant department.

    Cost and bookings

    Current domestic La Trobe University students may take Gone Bush as a Commonwealth-supported elective subject. International and exchange students are also welcome to enrol.

    Admission and transfers to the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival and Bonegilla Migrant Camp are provided by La Trobe.

    Additional expenses required for travel and accommodation is estimated to be around $400. Students are responsible for their own meals.


    Participants from outside Albury will need to arrange accommodation at their own cost. The Albury Wodonga Visitor Centre can assist with booking accommodation to suit your budget.

    Albury Wodonga Visitor Centre: 1300 252 879 or visit www.visitalburywodonga.com .

    Getting there

    By car: Albury is a 325 km (3.5 hour) drive from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. For more information, visit www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au

    By train: V-line trains run regularly between Melbourne and Albury with a line change in Seymour. For further information visit www.vline.com.au or phone 1800 800 007.

    By air: There are daily flights between Melbourne and Albury with Rex. For more information, visit



    Subject Coordinator: Jennifer Jones

    For more information about this subject contact:

    Melia Donk
    ASSC Client Services
    T: 03 5444 7238
    E: m.donk@latrobe.edu.au