[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.
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Does the punishment always fit the crime? Some convicts were sentenced to seven years imprisonment and transportation from Britain to the Australian colonies, for the theft of an item worth under a shilling.
Capital and corporal punishments, and the threat of prison, were the main forms of crime deterrent in the early 1900s. Corporal punishment extended into the home, where children were often punished by being strapped. In this clip, we observe the fear that Evelyn has of being punished with a strap for not being responsible with the fireworks.
As a class, research and discuss the changes made in legislation regarding corporal punishment in schools. Make a list of all of the discussion points and the opinions of everyone in the class regarding corporal punishment.
Useful websites to use as a starting point are:
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.