In this clip, Mr Wong and Mr Owen have a disagreement over the possession of the magic lantern. Mr Wong complains that the lantern is his rightful property and should be returned to him, while Mr Owen is reluctant to return an item that has been found on his land. Mr Wong declares that he will go to the authorities, but Mr Owen questions him as to whose word they will listen to. It is implied that in the eyes of the law, Mr Owen has more credibility.
- As a class, discuss the way social order is shown in this section of the story. Ask students to explain why Mr Wong's word might have been considered less valuable than Mr Owen's in Australia during the 19th century. Discuss with students the concept of racism.
- Brainstorm ideas for images and words about people living in harmony together. Then ask students to create a poster promoting harmony with the theme that all people are equal.
- Alternatively, students could create a digital poster or web quest and share them with the rest of the class when completed.
Student Activity Sheet H15.8: Racial discrimination