Year 10 – The Modern World and Australia

Background

At Living History Australia we believe that history comes alive for children when they are presented with a past with which they can interact; with its sights, sounds and feel.  For this reason, every two hour LHA presentation is delivered from a stage set up complete with hundreds of artefacts from the period we are presenting.Afrika Corps soldier

Every presentation includes characters from the past that the students can interact with. Students are also invited from the audience to dress in period clothes and learn first-hand what it was like for them to live in that time. Towards the end of every performance all students are invited to explore the stage and handle the artefacts and ask individual questions of the presenters regarding both the artefacts and any aspect of the presentation.

For those who book an activity day, the presentation continues for the remainder of the day with students learning and partaking in an array of period dancing, games and pastimes (contact the LHA office for a list of current activities).

Characters & Presentation Topics

Australian soldier - Desert RatA National Socialist Brown Shirt and a Depression Era Australian discuss the aftermath of World War I, what appears to be the impending failure of Capitalism and Democracy and the rise of Communism and Fascism.  They discuss the pressures that will lead to a Second World War.

A ‘Rat of Tobruk’ discusses Australia’s involvement in the European and Pacific Theatres of World War II, with specific emphasis upon engagements at Tobruk and Kokoda, the political shift from dependence upon Europe and ‘Mother England’ to a new relationship with the United States of America. The characters will also broadly link the events and course of the war.

A Nuremburg Prosecutor (based upon Colonel Telford Taylor) will take a detailed look at the Holocaust and the prosecution of key figures in the Nazi regime. He discusses the birth of the United Nations, its role in protecting human rights and its ambition to be a world peace keeping and policing force.

Our presentation come in two formats – a 2hr Performance and a Full Activity Day.

Cost

A 2hr Performance is $12 (GST exempt) per student and the Full Activity Day is $17 (GST exempt) per student. Minimum fees apply see below.

Greater Brisbane Area:

Minimum fee equal to 60 students

Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba:

Minimum fee equal to 80 students

Sydney (on Tour) and outside South East Queensland by application:

Minimum fee equal to 100 students

Other Information

We recognise that every school has different start, break and finish times. We also recognise that each school delivers their curriculum with different focuses and emphases. Living History Australia’s presentations are flexible and can accommodate your school’s timetable. We also encourage you, when booking, to share with us what you are covering in class and the areas you would like us to focus upon.