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Glorious Days: Australia 1913
This inquiry unit presents some of the evidence in the National Museum of Australia exhibition to help students explore life in Australia 100 years ago and ask themselves how much has changed and what has stayed the same. Were these really 'Glorious Days'?

Will this society go to war?
In 2014 we will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of Australia’s entry into and experience of the First World War.

One of the key areas of this commemoration will be an exploration of the Australian military experience, and the creation of the Anzac Spirit as part of Australian nationalism.

This evidence-based classroom activity encourages students to explore our society in 1913 to better understand how Australian military involvement in the war influenced national identity.

How did Aboriginal Australians react to British colonisation?
The lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were profoundly changed by the arrival of British colonists in 1788. Lives were lost and land taken as the colonisers attempted to impose new social, economic and religious orders. New animals, plants and diseases were introduced.

The question every Aboriginal person faced was: how do we react to this situation?

In this unit we look at the Resistance exhibit in the Gallery of the First Australians at the National Museum of Australia, to explore some examples of the different ways Aboriginal people responded to
that question.