In this clip, Adelaide's brother offers Minna some money for a dare. During the 19th century and part of the 20th century, Australia used an imperial system of currency based on the British system.
- Discuss with students the concept of using a currency and why we use money. What were the origins of money and what was used prior to a standardised currency?
- Ask students what currency is used in Australia today? Have them bring examples to school and take rubbings of the coins. They could investigate how currency is minted in Australia and how it is distributed into the community.
View the Virtual tour in the Currency Museum section of the Reserve Bank website at http://www.rba.gov.au/Museum/VirtualTour/hifi/02_befor_feder_intro.html
- Ask students to find out what currency was used in Minna's time (1860s). Have them compare how these denominations are different from those used today.
- Ask students to research and illustrate Australian coins that were available in the 1860s. They should find information about the significance of the designs used on the coinage (consider both the front and back of each coin) and what each design represented. Students could create their own coinage based on designs of important items from past and present Australia. They could pour plaster into bottle tops and then draw their designs as a relief impression. Students would then paint the coins when dry.
- Have students research newspaper advertisements from the 1860s and gather information about what a grocery item such as a loaf of bread would cost to buy in 1860s.
- Create an imaginary shop where the students can use their coins to purchase items. Students could calculate the total cost of a list of grocery items.
Student Activity Sheet H15.1: Old money