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Living in the Putrid Past

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Chamber Pot

Years 5 - 6

Session Description

History might be a great place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there!

Classroom resources

Student Reading: Doug Bradby, (2007) The Seriously Weird History of the Goldfields, Seaview Press, South Australia
Sovereign Hill Education blog posts: Life before we knew about germs, Bad 19th Century Jobs - The Nightman, Gold Rush Undies -Women’s fashionable underwear in the 1850s, Weird and Wonderful Goldfield History Part One, Wierd and Wonderful Goldfields History Part Two,
Audio: Alcohol on the Goldfields, The Ballarat Goldfields Diary,
Woman of The Hill
Useful internet sites: Horrible Histories UK, BBC Horrible Histories


Victorian Curriculum links

From Colony to Nation
In Levels 5 and 6, students … learn about the way of life of people…
Relevant key question:
What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?

In exploring the interconnections between people and environments, students examine how … human actions influence the environmental characteristics of places.

Science as a human endeavour
Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives.

Critical and Creative Thinking
Questions and Possibilities
Examine how different kinds of questions can be used to identify and clarify information, ideas and possibilities