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 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: Fashion and social class
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Subtheme(s): Social order and education; Fashion

In this clip, Minna plays with the children of a wealthy landowner. The type of clothes each child is wearing reflects the many differences in gender and social class of the 1860s.

  • Ask students to discuss how the clothes worn by the different characters indicate their social status.
  • Ask them to identify how the difference between the particular fabrics, hairstyles and clothing reflect the level of wealth and social position of each individual.
  • The following websites may be useful:
  1. The Victorian Web, 'Victorian Social History: An Overview',
  2. Victorian Era England, 'Late Victorian Fashion: Women, Men, Girls, Boys',

  • Ask students to find examples of fashion and clothing from the Victorian era and make a sketchbook of different styles and clothing pieces. For example, students might find information or pictures of a corset, breeches, petticoat or wig. Students could illustrate their sketchbook with images or draw pictures of the clothing items they found. Students could also write a passage explaining why this piece of clothing was worn and by whom.


Student Activity Sheet H15.2 Fashion and social class

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