Beliefs

This subtheme contains clips and stills from the My Place TV series, teaching activities and associated student activity sheets. These resources explore the spiritual attitudes, and reverence to belief systems, held by the characters and their families.


  • Ramadan [Episode 2 | 1998 : Mohammed]

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    Ramadan [Episode 2 | 1998 : Mohammed]

    Mohammed's family is moving into their new house, owned by Michaelis. It is nearing Ramadan and at mealtime the family is discussing whether Mohammed can participate this year.


  • The legend of Bloody Mary [Episode 15 | 1868 : Minna]

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    The legend of Bloody Mary [Episode 15 | 1868 : Minna]

    Minna and some of her friends play the game 'Bloody Mary' and scare each other with stories about what she is like. After Minna breaks their mirror, she decides to give the neighbourhood boys a fright by crawling under their house and making strange noises.


  • The Chinese house [Episode 15 | 1868 : Minna]

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    The Chinese house [Episode 15 | 1868 : Minna]

    Minna and her friend Adelaide visit Mr Wong's residence to give him some news about the change to a local law regarding Chinese migration. Mr Wong shows them a magic lantern that projects images of his family.


  • Night projection [Episode 15 | 1868 : Minna]

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    Night projection [Episode 15 | 1868 : Minna]

    Minna and her friend Adelaide steal Mr Wong's lantern from his house. They use the lantern to frighten the neighbourhood boys by projecting an image onto the tent the boys are spending the night in.


  • Loves me, loves me not [Episode 17 | 1848: Johanna]

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    Loves me, loves me not [Episode 17 | 1848: Johanna]

    Johanna reads a letter from her uncle to her grandmother. She plays a practical joke on one of the Owen boys by putting a frog in his chamber-pot. Johanna and her grandmother visit the grave of her mother. Johanna asks about who her father was.


  • The goodbye [Episode 5 | 1968 : Sofia]

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    The goodbye [Episode 5 | 1968 : Sofia]

    The family gathers to say goodbye to Michaelis as he leaves for national training. It is a time of reconciliation for Sofia and Janice.


  • Greek school [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

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    Greek school [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

    Attendance at Greek school is a common expectation for young Greek children in Australia. Michaelis is attending Greek school to learn about the history, language and culture of his ancestry, but his mind is still on the escapades of The Adventures of Robin Hood, a TV serial he is fixated on.


  • The christening [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

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    The christening [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

    Michaelis's father and friends are celebrating the birth of the baby in a traditional Greek way. The boys next door, who had bullied Michaelis and called him a 'wog', apologise and pay him a penny to replace his lost ice-cream. Janice shows her affection for Michaelis.


  • The pictures [Episode 7 | 1948 : Jen]

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    The pictures [Episode 7 | 1948 : Jen]

    Jen and her friends are at the 'pictures' watching a newsreel that includes an announcement of the birth of Prince Charles. In the cinema foyer the girls steal a movie poster of Prince Philip, the husband of Princess Elizabeth (who would later become Queen Elizabeth II). The girls discuss the importance of 'handsomeness' and Jen tells them the prince looks like her father, who died in the war.


  • The Funeral [Episode 9 | 1928 : Bridie]

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    The Funeral [Episode 9 | 1928 : Bridie]

    It is the day of Lorna's funeral and the procession to the cemetery is commencing. It is a tradition to celebrate the life of the deceased person by holding a 'wake'. During this sombre celebration, Bridie tries to console her sister with the help of Miss Miller.


  • Oranges and lemons [Episode 22 | 1798 : Sam]

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    Oranges and lemons [Episode 22 | 1798 : Sam]

    Sam is out looking for the farm's goat when he hears someone humming the same notes as he is singing. Following the sounds, he is guided back to the farm, where the goat is waiting. After leaving out some milk to thank an Aboriginal boy for leading him to the goat, his bucket is returned.


  • The encounter [Episode 23 | 1788 : Waruwi]

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    The encounter [Episode 23 | 1788 : Waruwi]

    Waruwi encounters a cow for the first time and is unsure what to make of it. After seeing some marines and a drummer boy, she returns home to Nana to tell her about the 'ghost people' and the cow.


  • Armistice [Episode 10 | 1918 : Bertie]

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    Armistice [Episode 10 | 1918 : Bertie]

    Eddie speaks with Bertie about how lucky he is to survive the war with only a leg missing. Sid arrives to tell of the Armistice that signals the end of the war. The community celebrates the end of war with music, dancing and games, but not everyone can be happy at this time.


  • First contact [Episode 24 | 1788 : Dan]

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    First contact [Episode 24 | 1788 : Dan]

    Dan is ordered to capture Waruwi's dingo for the governor. He tries to warn Waruwi that the marines plan to take her dog but is unable to communicate his intentions in time. Waruwi attacks the camp with stones, putting the marines on a state of alert.


  • Water [Episode 25 | Before Time : Bunda]

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    Water [Episode 25 | Before Time : Bunda]

    Bunda and his brother Garadi are competing with each other to find the best method of transporting water. Bunda constructs a raft to carry the water down the river, while his brother carries his water on foot. Bunda's father then tells his sons to bring him something that takes two to get.


  • Dance-off [Episode 26 | Before Time : Barangaroo]

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    Dance-off [Episode 26 | Before Time : Barangaroo]

    Barangaroo and her friends are warned not to go near Mumuga country, and they discuss the nature of the Mumuga. To cheer up Mung they decide to host a cook-up. Barangaroo and Mani have a dance-off  to see who is the most worthy to carry the spear.


  • Yabbies [Episode 26 | Before Time : Barangaroo]

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    Yabbies [Episode 26 | Before Time : Barangaroo]

    Barangaroo and Mung collect yabbies for the cook-off. When Barangaroo returns to the camp she finds that Mung has gone missing in Mumuga country, so she and her friends go searching for him.


  • Treasured objects [Episode 13 | 1888 : Victoria]

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    Treasured objects [Episode 13 | 1888 : Victoria]

    Victoria and her siblings design a spell to ensure the family doesn't have to leave the house. They hide eight treasured objects around the house to ward off bad omens.