Treasured objects

[Episode 13 | 1888 : Victoria]

Victoria and her siblings design a spell to ensure the family doesn't have to leave the house. They hide eight treasured objects around the house to ward off bad omens.


The Australian curriculum: History

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The Australian Curriculum: History aims to ensure that students develop: 

  • interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens 
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society 
  • understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability 
  • capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.

History activities [2]

Activity 1: Time capsule
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Subtheme(s): Customs and traditions

Invite students to make a list of all of the items Victoria and her siblings gathered together and list where they hid them.

  • Why are these objects important to this time? As a class discuss what each object says about the belief or superstitions in 1888. Find out where this belief in hiding objects for luck may have originated?

  • Students take photos of eight items they would place in their own time capsule. They create a box to hold the pictures and add a letter explaining why these objects were chosen.


Activity 2: An Indigenous history
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Subtheme(s): Beliefs; Indigenous perspectives

Victoria sees an Indigenous girl dressed in white. She is present at the tree and beside the creek with her mother or grandmother. The significance of her being there is unexplained in the episode.

  • Indigenous Australians are important in the historical puzzle. Research Australian Indigenous history and find accounts that document what was happening at this time. Discuss with students what life was like for Indigenous children and how their lives may have differed from Victoria's childhood.

  • Ask students to give voice to the Indigenous girl and write a diary entry on how she viewed Victoria and her siblings that day at the creek.


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