The Last Daughter Documentary Education Resources

Secondary lessons to unpack the documentary 

Engage your students with the profound stories of healing woven within The Last Daughter documentary by exploring this collection of teaching resources. Uncover the historical significance and lasting repercussions of Australia’s Stolen Generations, while being inspired by the courage, resilience and tenacity of Brenda Matthews’ family pursuit of the truth. Additionally, our comprehensive lessons shed light on the enduring impact of intergenerational trauma.

About the film

Brenda’s first memories were of growing up in a loving non-Indigenous foster family before she was suddenly returned to her Aboriginal family.  Decades later, she feels disconnected from both halves of her life. Brenda goes searching for the foster family with whom she had lost all contact.  Along the way uncovering long-buried secrets, government lies, and the possibility for deeper connections to family and culture. 

Teachers wanting to watch The Last Daughter in the classroom with their students can register and purchase the film here. 

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The Last Daughter

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action

Secondary resources

  • Lesson
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The Last Daughter - Key Messages of the Film

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
  • Lesson
  • ...

The Last Daughter - Truth-Telling

  • Secondary
  • Year 9
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
  • Lesson
  • ...

The Last Daughter - Stolen Children

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
  • Lesson
  • ...

The Last Daughter - Intergenerational Trauma

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
  • Lesson
  • ...

The Last Daughter - Protecting Children Part 1

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
  • Lesson
  • ...

The Last Daughter - Protecting Children Part 2

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
  • Lesson
  • ...

The Last Daughter - Power And Control

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • History
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
  • Lesson
  • ...

The Last Daughter - Exploring Identities

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
  • Lesson
  • ...

The Last Daughter - What Makes a Family?

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action
  • Lesson
  • ...

The Last Daughter - The Road To Reconciliation

  • Secondary
  • Year 9
  • English
  • Learning through film
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Social Action

With thanks to our partner

These lessons were created in partnership with Australians Together.