Games from India

[Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

Evelyn, her brother Edward and their friend Freddie Müller are playing an imaginary game under the tree. They are pretending to be tiger hunters in India. Miss Müller tells them about tigers and their inability to reverse down trees. Evelyn's father brings home the Mr Wong's 'No. 5' assortment of fireworks to be used on cracker night.


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.

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Activity 1: Fashions for children
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Subtheme(s): Fashion; Gender roles and stereotypes

The characters in this episode wear costumes typical of fashions in 1908. Evelyn wears a modest dress of cotton or gingham with long sleeves, a full skirt and a hemline above the ankles. Edward and Freddie wear white shirts, ties, vests, shorts and work boots.

  • Ask students to compare the fashions in the clip with the fashions of children today. For more in-depth information, students can conduct research in the school or local library, or online.

As a starting point, refer to the websites listed below:

  1. Wikipedia, '1900s in fashion',
  2. Fashion-Era, 'Children's Costume History 1900 to 1910',
  3. The Costume Gallery's Online Library, 'McCall's Magazine: May 1908',
  • Students should choose a character from the episode, draw them a costume, name the parts of the costume and describe why they wore this attire. Ask students to design another costume for their chosen character and explain why they have dressed them this way. They could cut out their character as a paper-doll pattern and dress the doll in the new costume using paper tabs. As an alternative, students could use card and magnets to make the designs into paper dolls that they can display on a magnetic surface.


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