Gone Bush

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

Dates for intensive: Thursday 5 April – Sunday 8 April 2018

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 5 April – Sunday 8 April 2018. 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. 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.

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Subject schedule

Thursday 5th April 2018




Welcome and introduction – Albury-Wodonga Campus


Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk – Accompanied by Aboriginal Guides (own transport)

5.00 pm

Tutorial Group Activities - Dr Jennifer Jones

6.00 pm

Film Screening: The Man From Snowy River

9.00 pm


Friday 6th April 2018



7.45 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)

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 via Hume Weir

6.00 pm

Dinner at Ettamogah Pub

8.00 pm

Bus back to Albury-Wodonga

8.30 pm


Saturday 7th April 2018



8.45 am

Tutorial Group Activities – Dr Jennifer Jones


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

1.00 pm

Man From Snowy River Festival and Rodeo

8.00 pm

Bus back to Albury-Wodonga



Sunday 8th April 2018



9.30 am

Poetry Competition, Essay Workshop & Debrief




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 deposit of $50 is payable by the end of Week 2 (16th March 2018). Total outstanding costs towards 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.

There are a number of accommodation options close to the Albury-Wodonga campus including La Trobe University On campus Accommodation (see details below).

On Campus Student Accommodation

The La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus offers short term accommodation for $55 per night within an easy walking distance to the campus.

East End Residence

  • There are twelve units with six bedrooms, one with five bedrooms, and one fully-accessible unit with four bedrooms
  • Units are fully-furnished and have kitchen appliances. Students provide their own bedding, towels and personal items
  • Each student has their own lockable bedroom with single bed and desk and shares the kitchen, laundry, bathrooms and living area
  • WiFi and onsite parking included
  • All units are mixed gender

To apply for on campus accommodation you should:

  1. Complete ‘Registration’ only
  2. Then email Bookings Office at living@latrobe.edu.au and CC accommodation.aw@latrobe.edu.au

Email should contain:

  • Name
  • Contact details
  • Arrival time
  • Student to advise they are part of the ‘Gone BUSH Program’; dates 5 April - 8 April 2018.

This can be done anytime from now, however no offers will be sent out until full-time student applications are complete in February.

In February if you have been offered a Place On-Campus (Short Term Bookings)

  1. Receive and Accept the offer via email
  2. Pay via credit card prior to arrival – Bookings Office 03 9479 1071
  3. Notify Albury Wodonga Accommodation Office of your expected time of arrival key collection accommodation.aw@latrobe.edu.au (Melissa McFarlane)

The Albury Wodonga Visitor Centre can also assist with booking accommodation to suit your budget: Albury Wodonga Visitor Centre 1300 252 879

Getting there

By car: Albury is a 325 km (3.5 hour) drive from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. For more information, visit Albury City government

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 more information about this subject contact:

Danielle McNamara / Louise Corkett

Regional Operations Professional & Administration Team

La Trobe University Albury – Wodonga campus

T: 02 6024 9835

E: assc.aw@latrobe.edu.au