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Curriculum content descriptions

the nature and significance of the Industrial Revolution and how it affected living and working conditions, including within Australia (ACOKFH016)

Elaborations
  • comparing the usefulness of artworks depicting life in the period with the first photographs
  • investigating the changing nature of the sources that provide a record of life in this period, such as paintings, travellers’ journals and the development of photography and film by 1918
ScOT terms

Industrialisation,  Living standards,  Working conditions,  Modern history

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Victorian Heritage Database

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Heritage Council Victoria: resources for teachers and students

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'The new rush', 1865

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'Gold digging in Australia 1852: bad results'

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Portrait of political activist Emma Miller, c1910s

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The 1864 eight-hour day demonstration

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