Activity 3: What was life like?
The ideas suggested here are to provide the students with a 'sense of the past' outside the formal and structured setting of their own classroom. By 'experiencing the past' during an excursion students are able to establish a sense of time and place.
Many Australian capital cities still have visible remains of early 1900s Federation-style architecture, including inscribed dates on the facades of many buildings, street names and suburbs which reflect a connection to 'the Empire'.
The following suggested strategies can be used when students are investigating sites and viewing artefacts, displays in museums, libraries, etc as a way of developing their own questions and inquiries about the past.
Also, see the following sample worksheets:
Photo analysis worksheet (PDF, 129 KB)
Reading historical images (PDF, 120 KB)
Federation discussion points (PDF, 148 KB)
Excursions and incursions
- Heritage buildings (including museums, farm houses, school rooms) representative of the Federation era. Student can 'experience' doing chores, playing games, school routines, dressing in period clothing.
- Plan a street walk in a local area or capital city CBD area. Go armed with digital cameras and other mobile devices to record evidence, student thinking and questions.
- Visit State Art Galleries and State Libraries. View online collections of images, artworks and documents from the Federation era.
- Access relevant education programs at a range of state and local museums and other institutions.
- Loan boxes and pre and post excursion activities are available from local museums, libraries, and heritage venues.
- Invite visiting storytellers and local historians from historical societies.
- View relevant segments of the ABC's My Place website, particularly Episode 12, 1898
Living Hawthorn, businesses and street life in Hawthorn, Victoria, 1906
Source: Still image from Living Hawthorn, 1906. From the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
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