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Living in the 1940s & In Search of Ben Chifley Programs
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Human Society and Its Environment K-6

Stage Outcomes and Content Tour Program Information Sheets
Stage 1

CCS1.2
Identifies changes and continuities in the local community

  • technologies, both past and presentchanges, both past and present, caused by changing needs
Living in the 1940s
Stage 2

CCS2.2
Explains changes in the community and family life and evaluates the effects of these on different individuals, groups and environments

  • causes and effects of change in the local community and other communities

ENS2.5
Describes places in the local area and other parts of Australia and explains their significance

  • significant natural, heritage and built features in the local area, New South Wales and Australia, and their usesmanagement and care of features, sites, places and environments

Living in the 1940s

 

 

 

 

Living in the 1940s

Living in the 1940s

Stage 3

CCS3.1
Explains the significance of particular people, places, groups, actions and events in the past in developing Australian identities and heritage

  • significant events that have shaped Australia’s identity

CCS3.2
Explains the development of the principles of Australian democracykey figures, events and issues in the development of Australian democracy

Living in the 1940s

 

In Search of Ben Chifley

In Search of Ben Chifley

Living in the 1940s

In Search of Ben Chifley

History Years 7-10

Stage Topic Tour Program Resources
Stage 4 Topic 1:  Investigating History

Living in the 1940s

In Search of Ben Chifley

History (Years 7 – 10) Study Guide

The Chifleys of Busby Street Study Guide

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Stage 4 Topic 4:  Australia and World War II

Living in the 1940s

In Search of Ben Chifley

History (7-10) Study Guide

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Stage 5 Topic 6:  Changing Rights and Freedoms – Section B (Migrants) In Search of Ben Chifley History (7 – 10) Study Guide
Stage 5 Topic 7:  People, Power and Politics in the Post-War Period In Search of Ben Chifley History (7 – 10) Study Guide
Stage 5

Topic 8:  Australia’s Social and Cultural History in the Post-War Period - students learn about the impact of changing technology on everyday life in post-war Australia:

  • housing
  • home appliances
  • entertainment
  • transport
  • communications
Living in the 1940s

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Living in the 1940s

Living in the 1940s is an education program designed for Human Society and Its Environment K – 6 together with Secondary History 7 -10.

Living in the 1940's - A Typical Wedding Image

Human Society and Its Environment K – 6

Using Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his home in Bathurst as the key focus - the themes developed here include:

  • Everyday life in the 1940s
  • Life in the home: household duties; cooking; changes in domestic technology and appliances
  • Using  artworks, artefacts and oral history as a means to discovering what life was like during this period

Secondary History 7 – 10

The main focus is how government, society, and war-time and post-war culture affected everyday day life for Australians. Themes include:

  • What is was like for the average Australian household after WWII
  • The continuing effects of rationing
  • Changes brought about by new technology and domestic appliances, and the influence of American commercialism 
  • The growing popularity of the car, and changes in entertainment, food and dress
  • The way Australian homes were designed and used

 

In Search of Ben Chifley

In Search of Ben Chifley is an education program designed for Human Society and Its Environment K – 6 together with Secondary History 7 -10.

In Search of Ben Chifley

Human Society and Its Environment K – 6

Using Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his original household collection in Bathurst as the key focus, this program looks at discovering and evaluating historical evidence through artefacts and artworks. The importance of oral history as a way of accessing primary historical knowledge is also discussed - together with how to conduct a site study using the Chifley Home and its immediate community as case examples.

A particular emphasis is what Ben Chifley was like as a person and how he is remembered today both as a politician and a citizen of Bathurst.

Secondary History 7 – 10

The main focus is the period of Ben Chifley’s Government following World War Two 1945 -1949 and its effects on Australian society and nation building.

Themes discussed here include:

  • Overview of the Chifley Government 1945–1949. Ben Chifley becoming Prime Minister on the death of John Curtin in July 1945 and Chifley's duel role of Prime Minister and Commonwealth Treasurer.
  • The Chifley government's role in international affairs in relation to Britain, America and Asia.
  • The establishment of learning institutions and universities after WWII, including the Australian National University in Canberra. 
  • The effects of the post-war immigration scheme on the Australian work-force and society as a whole.  The migrants' role in developing major construction projects, such as the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, and how they influenced changes in Australian mainstream society such as food and fashion.