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Year 9 History- Living in Australia 1900-1914

What was life like in Australia at the turn of the century?

Adelaide Lee-Warner

on 6 December 2013

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Dusty, noisy & dirty
Wood-paved/dirt full of horses
People walked through - mud/ dust/ horse manure
Electric trams (intro 1890s) = problem for horses.
Argyle St, The Rocks; 1901
'Mechanical Monsters'
Men, Women & children
While the men worked, women tended the household and looked after children
Household duties = labour intensive, no electrical appliances
Clothes washed by hand, family wash could take a whole day
Women spent most of the day preparing and cooking dinner - no refrigeration
Meat and perishables kept in ice chest
Upper Class: very rich, owned lots of land & businesses or inherited wealth
Middle class: small shopkeepers/ self-employed/ professional occupations (lawyers, teachers, accountants)
Working class: under a boss, usually manual. Most belonged here with little money
Books & newspapers
Music; piano, gramophone, singalongs
Card games; cribbage & euchre
Live theater productions/ musical recitals and the circus
Dancing; wealthy held balls
to meet the opposite sex
Alcohol consumption
Gambling; e.g. horses

No toilets
Temps up to 40 degrees
Worked between 8am-6pm
worked on dangerous sites
no safety regulations
•Common for children aged 8 to work in factories, textile mills and the boot trade
•60 hour weeks
•Cheap labour and could clean under spaces that were very small
•Paid equivalent to 2 cents/hr
• 1901 – 20% of workers were unmarried women
• Domestic servants – maids, cooks for rich families
• Some ‘live in’ and were well treated
• Some bosses would take advantage of female servants or were seduced and fell pregnant.
They were sacked and thrown out on the streets
Year 9 History
Australia and World War I
Australia Between the Wars
Australia and World War II
A federation is the joining of states to become one nation.
In 1860 there were six British colonies in Australia. The main laws of the colonies were made by the British Parliament
People began to realise that for matters like defence, controlling immigration and economy, a nation would be stronger than individual colonies.
State Dilemmas
Free Trade Vs Protection
Friendly Relations Between Colonies
Where to place a capital?
White Australia
Arguments for
The Policy
Upset Japan
Upset Britain
Upset Employers
Immigration Restriction Act 1901
The Pacific Island Labourers Act
- During the Depression of the 1890s, many Europeans lost their jobs and were replaced by cheaper imported workers
One important factor was the widespread belief White people were a superior race to other races.
Australians believed that the democratic structures only recently constructed were fragile and could be corrupted by immigrants
Dictation Test
Officially was to ensure immigrants had suitable education
Unofficially it was way of non-offensively refusing immigrants
Involved a customs officer dictating 50 word passage and the migrant would have to write it down. It could be in any European Language.
The idea that one never let and mate down, never let another mate take the fall, no matter how tough things were, is a central value of the ANZAC legend.
An Independent Spirit
Anzac Soldiers were known for their 'larrikin' sense of humour, and practical jokes.

They were also seen as being poorly disciplined by British officers. often disrespectful of authority and would 'admire the man, not the uniform'.
ANZACS didn't worry too much about class distinctions unlike their English counter parts. this fueled the idea of Australia as an egalitarian or class-less society.
ANZACs were known for their courage, their willingness to keep going against the odds and their loyalty to each other.

They got the nickname 'shock troops' along the Western Front because of this.
Spirit of the Bushman
The idea that in the bush you help your neighbour and rely on him aided the sense of mateship.

Bushmen are resilient and resourceful. Making grenades out of tin cans is an example of ANZAC resourcefulness

Living in the bush is tough. You have to cope without complaint - this was taken to how ANZACs dealt with life in the trenches.
GROUP: Solider Settlement
EVENT: The Sydney Harbour Bridge
National Pride
1. Read the sources in the handout, and consider the points on significance. Mark next to each source the relevant point the source supports and highlight the powerful or interesting statements made.

2. In your books, create a table with the heading
Impacts of the Sydney Harbour Bridge'
Negative Postive

In the table, place all the impacts of the bridge, as mentioned in the sources.

3. Considering the timeline you created and the information your received today, write a TEDEL paragraph
explaining the significance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Be prepared to share the paragraph with your neighbour and the class
Why did WWI Begin?
Where was it?
Europe and the Pacific
Changing Relationships
Australia and America
Prisoners of War
Civilians Under attack
Bombing of Darwin
Submarines in Sydney Harbour
The Home Front
Enemy Alien
Gov Controls
Victory in Europe and the Pacific
'White Australia'
Living in Australia in 1900
Between the Wars
Donald Bradman
Sydney Harbour Bridge
ANZAC Legend
The Great Depression
Australian History
Arthur Streeton, Golden Summer, Eaglemont, 1889.

1. Who were the Kanakas?

2. What was the process of Blackbirding?
Social legislation
Conciliation and Arbitration courts established
Harvester Case
Baby Bonus
Aim: to settle disagreements between employers and trade unions (employees)
C&A courts made a decision that established the idea of the basic wage.
The 'Fair and reasonable wage for an unskilled man was $4.20 a week and was to cover a male worker who was expected to support a wife and 3 children.
For Australian Born or British citizens over 65. Many groups were excluded from this.
The story of simpson and his donkey, is a key example of this value
Considering the narrative of Gallipoli
Create a Timeline outlining the key events. Make sure to include the following:
Pre April 25 1915
April 25 1915
26 April - May
May to July
Sept 1915 -Dec 1915
20 Dec 1915

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Almost 1 million American service personnel, including about 100,000 African-Americans, passed through Australia during World War II.
They were better paid and had access to more exotic consumer items in their military PXs (tax free stores) and many Australian women saw the well-paid Americans as desirable and romantic.
More than 12,000 Australian women became American war brides, most of whom returned to the US with their new husbands at the end of the war.
Australia’s security became a vital link in the future American offensive against Japan, providing a base from which they could fight the Pacific war
‘Battle of Brisbane’ which took place on 26 November 1942. Although this large-scale riot was essentially between Australian and US servicemen it was believed to have been started after provocation by the US military police of one of their own countrymen. The clash resulted in the death of one Australian soldier and serious injuries to several Australian and American soldiers.
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