Cracker nights

[Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

Evelyn's family joins the other families in their community to celebrate cracker night with fireworks purchased from Mr Wong's Emporium.


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: Bonfires
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Subtheme(s): Celebrations

Australians celebrated Guy Fawkes Night on 5 November each year. It symbolised Australia's links to Britain. Guy Fawkes Night is not celebrated any longer. Why not?

  • Discuss a number of special events that students and their families celebrate today that are a reflection of past customs and traditions from other countries and ethnic communities.

  • Ask students to create a scrapbook page based on an Australian celebration such as Australia Day or Anzac Day. They are to find images, historical facts and information and present a personal recount of the event.
  • Look at The Scrap Album, 'Guy Fawkes Day', Students can use the page on Guy Fawkes as a template for their own work.


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