Eggs for tuppence

[Episode 16 | 1858 : Ben]

After foraging in the forest for plover's eggs, Ben competes with Leck to sell them to the local populace. He then gets into trouble with his father after he repeats an ugly stereotype about Chinese people that he learnt from Mr Wilson.


The Australian curriculum: History

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The Australian Curriculum: History aims to ensure that students develop: 

  • interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens 
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society 
  • understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability 
  • capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.

History activities [1]

Activity 1: Jobs and pocket money
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Subtheme(s): Chores, business and employment; Currency; Inventions and electronic media

In this clip, we see Ben and Leck earning money by selling small produce and performing various odd jobs.

  • As a class, discuss the different ways they saw Ben and Leck earn money in the clip. Discuss how Ben and Leck earned money in comparison to the way children earn pocket money today.
  • As a class, brainstorm a list of focus questions about jobs and money. Teachers can write these focus questions on large sheets of paper and place them around the classroom. Students can use these sheets as a graffiti wall, responding to each question in order to explore their thoughts and feelings on the theme of jobs and pocket money. Students move around the room writing their responses, drawing pictures and recording their thoughts on each sheet of paper.
  • The following websites may be useful:
  1. Associated Content, '5 House Chores Your Children Can Take Care of for You',
  2. Victorian Nursery 19th Century Children,
  3. Life in the first half of the 19th century,

  • Ask students to use a Venn diagram comparing the ways children earned money in the 1850s with how children earn money today. Ask students to describe what is different about some of the jobs and what is similar.
  • Divide the class into two groups to debate the topic 'Kids of today have it too easy - they should work harder for their pocket money'.


Student Activity Sheet H.16.4: Jobs and pocket money

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