War in WA: Stories from the Home Front

Facilitated

Dates

Monday – Friday | 10am & 12.30pm 

Available from Term 1, 2022

Primary/Secondary
Secondary
Curriculum
Humanities and Social Sciences
Year Level
Years 9 & 10
Duration
90 Minutes
Cost

$240 per group (up to 32 students) 

The First World War and the Second World War were times of great change in Western Australia.

This program focuses on the impacts of war in WA through the lens of the home front; industry, the role of women and the social and economic changes that occurred in response to the First and Second World Wars. Students will review, compare and contrast primary and secondary sources, visit galleries and uncover stories from objects of the museum's extensive collection. 

This program focuses on World War I for Year 9 or World War II for Year 10, aligning with the relevant WA Curriculum links. 

Student Experience

Students will:

  • Compare and contrast primary and secondary sources relating to the experiences of those on the home front.
  • Identify the social changes, pressures and impacts on those not at the front, including ongoing effects.
  • Visit Reflections and Connections galleries to explore stories and experiences of Western Australians during the war years.
  • Highlight the impact of WA as a front  (Year 10 World War II program only). 

Skills Development

This program links to the following strands of the Western Australian Curriculum:

Year 9

  • History: Depth Study 2: Investigating World War I (1914–1918). The impact of World War I, with a particular emphasis on Australia, such as the use of propaganda to influence the civilian population, the changing role of women and the conscription debate (ACDSEH096).
  • Humanities and Social Sciences skills: Analysing: Use criteria to analyse the reliability, bias, usefulness and currency of primary sources and/or secondary sources (WAHASS85).

Year 10

  • HistoryDepth Study 1: Investigating World War II (1939–1945). The impact of World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Australian home front, including the changing roles of women and use of wartime government controls (e.g. conscription, manpower controls, rationing, censorship) (ACDSEH109).
  • Humanities and Social Sciences skills: Analysing: Use criteria to analyse the reliability, bias, usefulness and currency of primary sources and/or secondary sources (WAHASS85).