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The Funeral

[Episode 9 | 1928 : Bridie]

It is the day of Lorna's funeral and the procession to the cemetery is commencing. It is a tradition to celebrate the life of the deceased person by holding a 'wake'. During this sombre celebration, Bridie tries to console her sister with the help of Miss Miller.


History

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 [1]

Activity 1: The hearse
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Subtheme(s): Customs and traditions; Transport

This clip shows a very simple horse-and-cart hearse used to carry Lorna's coffin from her house to the cemetery. In 1928 working-class people could not afford to have a motorised vehicle. View the different historical examples of hearses used in Australia.

  1. Way to Go – History of the Hearse, http://www.postcards.sa.com.au/features/history_hearse.html
  2. Classic and Vintage Funeral Coaches, http://www.funeralcoaches.com.au/history-of-australian-hearses.html
Reflect

If deemed appropriate by the teacher view the clip, 'The funeral', again and have the class discuss the questions below. Use the template from the Student Activity Sheet H9.5 to help students focus on the correct elements when watching the clip.

  1. What style of coffin is Lorna interred in?
  2. What material is the coffin made from?
  3. Why are flowers placed on the top?
  4. Who marches in the funeral procession? 
  5. What order are they in and why?
  6. What is the significance of the 'Irish wake', occurring after the burial?
  7. Why do people dress in black?

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