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Family treasures

Explore special treasures from Australian families in the past. 

Student activities

Task no. 1

Tart family treasures

Watch the video about the special treasures of the Tart family.  

Family Treasures

Caption on bottom

Discuss

  • Does your family keep any special treasures from the past? 
  • How does your family tell stories about the past? 
  • What would you like to ask your parent, grandparent or other grown-up in your life about their life when they were a child?  

Task no. 2

Family photographs from the past

Look at all of the photographs below showing Australian families in the past.  

Discuss: 

  • Can you guess who the children, parents and grandparents are in each picture? 
  • How many children are in each family? 
  • Do you think these photos are special to anyone? Why? 
  • Which family photo reminds you of your family? Why? 
  • If you could ask one person in these photographs a question, what would you ask them? 

Family photographs from the past

Mrs Lou [Foon?] & family - YMCA, 17 February 1942
17 February 1942
Digital ID: 
FL16101082
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Couple with seven children in front of their cottage with bark roof, Hill End
1870-1875
American & Australasian Photographic Company
Digital ID: 
a2822642
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File 018: [Workers with scarecrow, cane fields, cane cutting, Fijian families and dwellings, children eating sugar cane], ca. 1959 / photographed by Max Dupain
ca. 1959
Max Dupain
Digital ID: 
FL14237178
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Japanese steamer arrives. The captain with wife and family.

Japanese steamer arrives. The captain with wife and family.
13 September 1934
Hood, Sam, 1872-1953
Digital ID: 
hood_00619
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A family at the Royal Easter Show 1938.

Royal Easter Show (1938 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
4/1938
Sam Hood
Digital ID: 
hood_17075
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Mr and Mrs Eddie Atkinson, native missionaries [of] Cummeragunja [with two children]

Mr and Mrs Eddie Atkinson, native missionaries [of] Cummeragunja [with two children]
1860 - 1909
Digital ID: 
a730004
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Moran children's birthday party
Hood, Sam, 1872-1953
Digital ID: 
FL1063299
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    Task no. 3

    Spicer family photos

    Look at these pictures of the Spicer family in the album below.  

    Spicer family photographs

    Correspondence school. Story of [Spicer?] family at Bathurst - 1
    28 April 1947
    Iverson, Alec
    Digital ID: 
    FL9440431
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    Correspondence school. Story of [Spicer?] family at Bathurst - 2
    28 April 1947
    Iverson, Alec
    Digital ID: 
    FL9440427
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    Correspondence school. Story of [Spicer?] family at Bathurst - 3
    28 April 1947
    Iverson, Alec
    Digital ID: 
    FL9440421
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    Correspondence school. Story of [Spicer?] family at Bathurst - 4
    28 April 1947
    Iverson, Alec
    Digital ID: 
    FL9440446
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    Correspondence school. Story of [Spicer?] family at Bathurst - 5
    28 April 1947
    Iverson, Alec
    Digital ID: 
    FL9440433
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    Correspondence school. Story of [Spicer?] family at Bathurst - 6
    28 April 1947
    Iverson, Alec
    Digital ID: 
    FL9440445
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    Correspondence school. Story of [Spicer?] family at Bathurst - 7
    28 April 1947
    Iverson, Alec
    Digital ID: 
    FL9440438
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    Correspondence school. Story of [Spicer?] family at Bathurst - 8
    28 April 1947
    Iverson, Alec
    Digital ID: 
    FL9440448
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    Correspondence school. Story of [Spicer?] family at Bathurst - 9
    28 April 1947
    Iverson, Alec
    Digital ID: 
    FL9440442
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    These photographs were taken for a magazine and show the family doing different activities. There are five children in the Spicer family: Joan, Edmund, Marie, Bessie and Ruthie. The Spicer children did all of their schoolwork from home because they lived too far away from the nearest school. They move their desks all over the house and their parents help them to do their schoolwork!  

    • Make a list of all of the activities you can see the children doing. Does your family ever do these things too? 
    • Do you think the Spicer family lives in the city or the country? Why? 
    • What is different in these photos compared to your life today? 
    • How do we know what life was like for the Spicer children?