Chores and punishment

[Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

Evelyn's brother Edward taunts her with the prospect that their father will punish her for being irresponsible about the fireworks. Evelyn needs to complete her chores by five o'clock. She is eventually saved by Miss Müller's generosity.


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: Chores
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Subtheme(s): Chores, business and employment; Gender roles and stereotypes

Education for girls was still very limited in the 1900s. It was an expectation that girls helped their mothers at home so that they would learn how to run their own household when they got married. In this clip, we see Evelyn completing two chores: polishing the silver cutlery and waxing the table.

  • What chores would children be expected to do in 1908? Students could develop two lists headed 'Chores for girls' and 'Chores for boys'. Compare the lists. What do the two lists show us about life for each gender in this era?
  • A useful starting point for research is:
    State Library of South Australia, 'SA Memory: Collecting Firewood',
  • Ask students to select a character from this episode and write a journal entry for a day in the life of the character. They should include everything that they do within one 24-hour period


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