Multiculturalism

This subtheme contains clips and stills from the My Place TV series, teaching activities and associated student activity sheets. These resources reflect the diverse ethnic composition of Australia as evidenced by the characters in the series. The focus is on language, customs and attitudes.


  • Henry's life [Episode 14 | 1878 : Henry]

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    Henry's life [Episode 14 | 1878 : Henry]

    Henry and his friend Franklin experiment with a hot air balloon. After blowing up his schoolhouse with an experimental self-lighting candle, Henry is expelled from school. He goes to work in his uncle's saddlery.


  • The Chinese dragon [Episode 14 | 1878 : Henry]

    The local population brings in the Chinese New Year with traditional celebrations. Henry and Franklin contribute to the proceedings by launching their lanterns.


  • 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.


  • Discrimination [Episode 2 | 1998 : Mohammed]

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    Discrimination [Episode 2 | 1998 : Mohammed]

    Mohammed and Danielle are discussing the fact that she can't play on the boys' cricket team. While Mohammed and his family are moving into the new house, Michaelis and Omar discuss why playing cricket is more important than playing soccer, which leads to a play-off for the rent money.


  • 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.


  • Making amends [Episode 15 | 1868 : Minna]

    Minna and Adelaide confess to stealing the lantern after Mr Owen refuses to return it to Mr Wong. Minna's father has her make amends for her transgression by working for Mr Wong - a punishment that Mr Owen finds inappropriate.


  • First day [Episode 3 | 1988 : Lily]

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    First day [Episode 3 | 1988 : Lily]

    Lily is taking her cousin, Phoung, to her school with her for the first time. Lily and her friends believe that Phoung can't speak English and they discuss what it means to be Australian.


  • Food and chores [Episode 3 | 1988 : Lily]

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    Food and chores [Episode 3 | 1988 : Lily]

    Lily and her cousin are working in the family restaurant, creating rice-paper rolls. The rolls are tricky and delicate to make and need an experienced hand. Phoung is congratulated for her skilful making of the rolls and Lily is embarrassed by her efforts.


  • Eggs for tuppence [Episode 16 | 1858 : Ben]

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    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 card collection [Episode 4 | 1978 : Mike]

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    The card collection [Episode 4 | 1978 : Mike]

    Mike needs to borrow $50 in order to buy the carburettor that Ben's brother needs for his performance car. But no one in the family will lend him the money even though he is prepared to sell his beloved card collection.


  • Speaking the language [Episode 5 | 1968 : Sofia]

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    Speaking the language [Episode 5 | 1968 : Sofia]

    Sofia and her friend Mareka are watching Professor Julius Sumner Miller's television science show, Why is it so? Janice arrives and meets Sofia's mother and grandmother. She needs Sofia to translate the conversation and Sofia deliberately tells each party the wrong translation.


  • 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.


  • A Greek garden [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

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    A Greek garden [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

    Michaelis and his father are working in their garden when Janis reminds Michaelis that it is time for The Adventures of Robin Hood on TV. When his mother comes to congratulate her husband and son on their work in the garden, she realises that the baby is coming.


  • 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.


  • Children's chores [Episode 9 | 1928 : Bridie]

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    Children's chores [Episode 9 | 1928 : Bridie]

    Bridie's family is having breakfast and discussing what they will do that day. Her father and brother are going to work at the brickworks, her mother will be cleaning floors for neighbours, and Bridie and her older sister Kath are expected to look after baby Colum and do chores around the house. Bridie spies on Kath and her friend Lorna as they plan to get away from their responsibilities and have a picnic by the river.


  • 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.


  • Mr Wong's Emporium [Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

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    Mr Wong's Emporium [Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

    Evelyn, Edward and Freddie try to replace the fireworks. They visit Mr Wong's emporium to buy a replacement box but find they can't afford it. They then try to obtain some gunpowder in an attempt to make their own fireworks.