Gone Bush

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

Dates for intensive: Thursday 4 April – Sunday 7 April 2019

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 participate in a four-day field trip based at La Trobe's Albury Wodonga (AW) campus.

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 4 April – Sunday 7 April 2019. Students participate in a four-day field trip based at La Trobe's Albury Wodonga (AW) campus

Subject curriculum

Bush myths have played an important role in the construction and maintenance of Australian identity, despite the prominence of urban centres in the colonisation of Australia. Students examine how and why the Australian bush has been associated with mythic and authentic white Australian identities. These identities were defined against the city and overlooked Aboriginal people. Australian rurality is examined as a set of experiences and ideas produced, distributed and consumed in the bush and beyond. Students participate in a four-day field trip based at La Trobe's Albury Wodonga (AW) campus. The field trip includes site visits to the "Man from Snowy River Bush Festival" at Corryong and other local sites that link to the subject focus on rural culture and rural sustainability. This field trip incurs additional costs, including transport to Albury Wodonga, accommodation, food, tickets and group bus travel to site venues. Students MUST check details of field trip dates and costs with the subject coordinator.

Assessment requirements:

  • 1500 word Gone Bush field trip task (40%) - A four day residential period in Albury-Wodonga will enable site visits in the region and intensive face to face classes, including discussion of field trip assignment.
  • 1500 word essay (40%)
  • 1000 word take home test (20%)

Intended Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
  2. Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in their study of history.
  3. Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
  4. Identify and interpret a wide variety of primary and secondary materials.
  5. Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
  6. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
  7. Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in their study of history.

Full curriculum information

Subject schedule (draft)

Note: the following schedule is a draft and subject to change. Please check again soon.

Thursday 4th April 2019



9:30 am

Welcome and introduction to HUS3GBP – Room TBC-  AW campus

10:00 am

Guest speaker and class discussion: Kevin Whyman ‘Being on-country’ & Wiradjuri Film

11.00 am

Leave AW campus for Kremur Street Boat Ramp in Kremur Street West Albury, (own/shared transport/BYO lunch)

11:30 am

Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk – Accompanied by Aboriginal Guides & BYO picnic lunch

2.00 pm

Jill Briggs ‘Women in Agriculture’ lecture @ Bungowannah Hall (own/shared transport)

3.00 pm

Afternoon tea @ Bungowannah Hall (own/shared transport)

3.30 pm

Travel back to Albury/ free time (own/shared transport)

5.00 pm

Pizza Night: Bonetti’s Pizza (own/shared transport)

6.30 pm

Tutorial Group Activities - Dr Jennifer Jones Room TBC -  AW campus

7.30 pm

Interactive Film Screening: The Man From Snowy River (Room TBC)

9.30 pm


Friday 5th April 2019



6.15 am

Meet for bus to Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong
(Pick up point 1: QEII Square, bus rank Dean St, Albury)


Meet for bus to Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong

(Pick up point 2: TAFE bus Shelter, McKoy St, Wodonga)

9.00 am

Man From Snowy River Re-enactment

11.30 pm

Meet bus for Khancoban

12.00 pm

Lunch @ Khancoban & guest speaker re Snowy scheme and migration

1.30 pm

Meet for bus to Bonegilla Migrant Centre

3.30 pm

Tour of Bonegilla Migrant Centre

5.30 pm

Bus to Ettamogah Pub via Hume Weir

6.30 pm

Dinner at Ettamogah Pub

8.00 pm

Bus back to Albury-Wodonga

8.30 pm


Saturday 6th April 2019



9:00 am

Tutorial Group Activities, Dr Jennifer Jones, Room TBC-  AW campus


Meet for bus to Man From Snowy River Bush Festival at Corryong
(TAFE Bus Shelter - McKoy St, Wodonga)


Man From Snowy River Festival and Rodeo

1.00 pm

MFSRBF workshop

9.00 pm

Bus back to Albury-Wodonga



Sunday 7th April 2019



9.30 am

Burke Museum Beechworth

Guest Speaker and class discussion: Cameron Auty ‘Heritage Tourism and re-enactment’


Poetry Competition


Essay Workshop


Lunch @ Beechworth venue and subject debrief


Subject 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.

A student contribution of $130 is payable by the end of Week 1 (Friday 8th March 2019). A payment link will be provided to students via their student email in early 2019.

Students are responsible for their own additional expenses such as travel to and from the Albury-Wodonga Campus, accommodation and meals. This additional expense is estimated to be around $400


Participants from outside Albury-Wodonga will need to arrange accommodation at their own cost.

There are a number of accommodation options close to the Albury-Wodonga campus including La Trobe University On campus Accommodation


Getting there

By car: The Albury-Wodonga Campus is a 325 km (3.5 hour) drive from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. For more information https://www.latrobe.edu.au/aw/location

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

By air: There are daily flights between Melbourne and Albury airport with Rex


Subject Coordinator: Jennifer Jones

For subject specific questions, please contact the subject co-ordinator, Jennifer Jones, via the following email address: J.Jones@latrobe.edu.au

For administrative questions pertaining to this subject, please email Danielle McNamara / Louise Corkett at assc.aw@latrobe.edu.au