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Video Clip Synopsis:
In a typical 60s family a mother works to get dinner ready as the children come home after school. After Dad arrives home from work in the Holden, Mum serves traditional roast lamb and three vegetables.

1min 32sec

Family Life in Geelong is an excerpt from the film Life in Australia: Geelong (22mins), an episode of the Life in Australia Series (12 x 22 mins), produced in 1966.

Life in Australia: Geelong: Scenes of life and recreation in Geelong Victoria without commentary. The film was made to encourage immigration and had a theatrical release. It shows typical scenes from family life in the 60s in Geelong, Victoria.

Life in Australia Series: The Life in Australia Series visits state capitals and regional centres around the nation to give a picture of life in Australia in the mid 1960s. Part travelogue, it tours streets, buildings and points of interest around the towns, but the emphasis is really on providing a visual record of “typical” daily life, from work and education to home and recreation.

Life in Australia Series is a National Film Board Production. Produced by the Commonwealth Film Unit.

Study Module

Curriculum Focus: SOSE/HSIE
Year: 9-10
Theme: Civic Work

Key Concepts

Family; Gender roles; Community; Identity; Stereotypes; Suburbia; Propaganda

Curriculum Applicability Notes

ACT:Time, continuity and change
NSW:Level 5 History Topic 8
Level 5 Geography 5A2
NT:Social systems and structure, 5.4
Qld:9/10 Civics – TCC 5.2, 6.3, CI 5.1
9/10 Geography – TCC 5.3
9/10 History – TCC6.3
SA:Time, continuity and change, 5.3
Society and culture, 5.7
Tas:Communicating—Being literate, Standard 5
Social responsibility—Building social capital, Standard 5
Personal futures—Maintaining wellbeing, Standard 5
Vic:History 6.6 ext

Context / Background Information

Australia has long been one of the most highly urbanised nations in the world.

Part of this urbanisation is the existence of major rural centres.

Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city. Located about an hour’s drive from Melbourne, it is a major port and features a large manufacturing centre for the automotive industry, as well as a major oil refinery and storage area.

In the 1960s it was also a major textiles manufacturing area, though this industry has now declined significantly.

Geelong has always been one of the areas that state and federal governments focus on when they promote regional development away from the city of Melbourne.

Discussion Pointers

  1. Look at each of the scenes presented. Describe what happens in each scene.
  2. The video clip presents a series of relationships. Do you find this a convincing clip — that is, are you persuaded that the relationships are genuine and true? Discuss your reasons.
  3. A film often reflects the values of the day — those things that are accepted by that society as appropriate. What civic or community values do you think are embedded in this video clip? For example, you might say that the video clip presents a value of the nuclear family. Look for other values associated with work, possessions, family, gender, suburban life, sustainability, the environment, etc.
  4. One aspect of a community is that it is a collection of families. If this is a typical family, what strengths and what weaknesses might exist in this community?
  5. What is the purpose of this video clip: to inform, to entertain, or to persuade? How does this affect the making of the video clip? Is it good and effective propaganda?
  6. Who would be the likely audience for this video clip? How would that affect the way that it has been made?
  7. If a similar video clip were made today for a similar audience and purpose, what would be similar / different?

Suggested Classroom Activities

  1. Does this video clip show a family, community and society that is typical of this period? Is it a fair and accurate image of Australia at that time?
  2. Prepare a series of questions to include in an interview that will test this image. Your questions will need to be appropriate for the people and their ages who are in the video clip. In creating your questions consider what is not shown in the video clip (such as any political context) as well as what is shown.
  3. Present your findings in class, and prepare a series of statements about this video clip as evidence of suburban Australia in the 1960s.

Modules That Use This Clip

SOSE/HSIE Year 9-10, English Year 7-8, English Year 9-10