Character

This subtheme contains clips and stills from the My Place TV series, teaching activities and associated student activity sheets. These resources deconstruct important characters in the series, their attitudes and behaviours.


  • Henry's life [Episode 14 | 1878 : Henry]

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    Henry's life [Episode 14 | 1878 : Henry]

    Henry and his friend Franklin experiment with a hot air balloon. After blowing up his schoolhouse with an experimental self-lighting candle, Henry is expelled from school. He goes to work in his uncle's saddlery.


  • The dough machine [Episode 14 | 1878 : Henry]

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    The dough machine [Episode 14 | 1878 : Henry]

    Franklin and Henry invent 'The spoon cranking dough churner', which explodes when they fail to take into account the fact that dough expands when heated.


  • Discrimination [Episode 2 | 1998 : Mohammed]

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    Discrimination [Episode 2 | 1998 : Mohammed]

    Mohammed and Danielle are discussing the fact that she can't play on the boys' cricket team. While Mohammed and his family are moving into the new house, Michaelis and Omar discuss why playing cricket is more important than playing soccer, which leads to a play-off for the rent money.


  • Making amends [Episode 15 | 1868 : Minna]

    Minna and Adelaide confess to stealing the lantern after Mr Owen refuses to return it to Mr Wong. Minna's father has her make amends for her transgression by working for Mr Wong - a punishment that Mr Owen finds inappropriate.


  • Eggs for tuppence [Episode 16 | 1858 : Ben]

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    Eggs for tuppence [Episode 16 | 1858 : Ben]

    After foraging in the forest for plover's eggs, Ben competes with Leck to sell them to the local populace. He then gets into trouble with his father after he repeats an ugly stereotype about Chinese people that he learnt from Mr Wilson.


  • Torment [Episode 17 | 1848: Johanna]

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    Torment [Episode 17 | 1848: Johanna]

    Johanna carries out a variety of chores around town. While delivering vegetables, she overhears a piece of gossip about her father. The local boys tease and attack her because of her bright-red hair.


  • Loves me, loves me not [Episode 17 | 1848: Johanna]

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    Loves me, loves me not [Episode 17 | 1848: Johanna]

    Johanna reads a letter from her uncle to her grandmother. She plays a practical joke on one of the Owen boys by putting a frog in his chamber-pot. Johanna and her grandmother visit the grave of her mother. Johanna asks about who her father was.


  • My father's house [Episode 17 | 1848: Johanna]

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    My father's house [Episode 17 | 1848: Johanna]

    Johanna asks a number of locals about her father but is concerned by the inconsistencies in the information she receives. When she confronts her grandmother about her father, she is given just one enigmatic fact. Johanna's aunt dresses her down for her pranks.


  • Speaking the language [Episode 5 | 1968 : Sofia]

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    Speaking the language [Episode 5 | 1968 : Sofia]

    Sofia and her friend Mareka are watching Professor Julius Sumner Miller's television science show, Why is it so? Janice arrives and meets Sofia's mother and grandmother. She needs Sofia to translate the conversation and Sofia deliberately tells each party the wrong translation.


  • Horsewhipping [Episode 18 | 1838 : Davey]

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    Horsewhipping [Episode 18 | 1838 : Davey]

    Mr Owen has Davey demonstrate whip cracking to his grandsons but then gives Davey some sad news about his favourite horse, Duchess. Despite Davey's protestations, Duchess is headed for the tannery.


  • The shooting [Episode 18 | 1838 : Davey]

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    The shooting [Episode 18 | 1838 : Davey]

    Davey is on the run with Duchess but has his preconceptions about bushrangers challenged when he witnesses them shooting Mr Owen and stealing from him.


  • Greek school [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

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    Greek school [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

    Attendance at Greek school is a common expectation for young Greek children in Australia. Michaelis is attending Greek school to learn about the history, language and culture of his ancestry, but his mind is still on the escapades of The Adventures of Robin Hood, a TV serial he is fixated on.


  • This little piggy [Episode 19 | 1828 : Alice]

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    This little piggy [Episode 19 | 1828 : Alice]

    Alice and her family are delivering food to the indentured convicts working at the stone quarry when they have the idea of organising a pig race for the half-day holiday.


  • The christening [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

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    The christening [Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

    Michaelis's father and friends are celebrating the birth of the baby in a traditional Greek way. The boys next door, who had bullied Michaelis and called him a 'wog', apologise and pay him a penny to replace his lost ice-cream. Janice shows her affection for Michaelis.


  • Pig forgery [Episode 19 | 1828 : Alice]

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    Pig forgery [Episode 19 | 1828 : Alice]

    Freddie tells Alice about his forging history while they paint a piglet black. They then switch it with George's piglet Benny in order to fix the race. When Alice awakes she's shocked to find there is something wrong with Wilhelmina.


  • Fencing [Episode 20 | 1818 : Charles]

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    Fencing [Episode 20 | 1818 : Charles]

    Unlike his posh older brother John, Charles is enjoying building a fence on the farm. At the end of the fence line he encounters Liam, a convict who is on the run. Liam asks Charles to bring him some food and boots.


  • The convict [Episode 20 | 1818 : Charles]

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    The convict [Episode 20 | 1818 : Charles]

    Charles brings Liam some bread but only agrees to bring boots if Liam agrees to help him finish the fence. Liam tells Charles the story of how he ended up as a convict and of his dreams for the future.


  • Being a lady [Episode 20 | 1818 : Charles]

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    Being a lady [Episode 20 | 1818 : Charles]

    Charles' mother educates him on the difference between Sarah and 'a lady'. Charles steals some of his mother's clothes in order to create a disguise for Liam but is surprised when Liam uses the disguise to gatecrash Sarah's wedding.


  • Sarah's life [Episode 21 | 1808 : Sarah]

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    Sarah's life [Episode 21 | 1808 : Sarah]

    Sarah is dropped off at her new place of employment but makes a poor first impression on her new employer, Mrs Owen. While doing her chores she meets Mrs Owen's sickly daughter Alice.


  • A female gaol [Episode 21 | 1808 : Sarah]

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    A female gaol [Episode 21 | 1808 : Sarah]

    Sarah is punished after she introduces herself to some local Aboriginal people. After she accidentally breaks a plate while doing the dishes, Alice blackmails Sarah into taking her outside.


  • Seashells [Episode 21 | 1808 : Sarah]

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    Seashells [Episode 21 | 1808 : Sarah]

    After their outdoor adventure, Sarah and Alice have a moment of companionship but it is quickly ruined when Alice exerts her power over Sarah's position.


  • On 'tick' [Episode 10 | 1918 : Bertie]

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    On 'tick' [Episode 10 | 1918 : Bertie]

    Bertie is trying to pay off the last shilling owing on his present for his brother Eddie who is returning home after serving in the First World War. Mr Watson, the store owner, will not advance him a loan. Bertie goes to the repatriation hospital to bring his mother (a nurse) fresh goat's milk, and shares jokes with his friends Sid and Mr Bracey who are both returned soldiers.


  • Armistice [Episode 10 | 1918 : Bertie]

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    Armistice [Episode 10 | 1918 : Bertie]

    Eddie speaks with Bertie about how lucky he is to survive the war with only a leg missing. Sid arrives to tell of the Armistice that signals the end of the war. The community celebrates the end of war with music, dancing and games, but not everyone can be happy at this time.


  • Games from India [Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

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    Games from India [Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

    Evelyn, her brother Edward and their friend Freddie Müller are playing an imaginary game under the tree. They are pretending to be tiger hunters in India. Miss Müller tells them about tigers and their inability to reverse down trees. Evelyn's father brings home the Mr Wong's 'No. 5' assortment of fireworks to be used on cracker night.


  • Chores and punishment [Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

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    Chores and punishment [Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

    Evelyn's brother Edward taunts her with the prospect that their father will punish her for being irresponsible about the fireworks. Evelyn needs to complete her chores by five o'clock. She is eventually saved by Miss Müller's generosity.


  • Cracker nights [Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

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    Cracker nights [Episode 11 | 1908 : Evelyn]

    Evelyn's family joins the other families in their community to celebrate cracker night with fireworks purchased from Mr Wong's Emporium.


  • Founding the ALP [Episode 12 | 1898 : Rowley]

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    Founding the ALP [Episode 12 | 1898 : Rowley]

    Rowley and Tom Müller visit Mr Merry when he is convening a meeting of the newly formed Labor Party. They are discussing the development of a new brickworks and are concerned with protecting the rights, health and safety of workers. Rowley and his mother discuss Rowley's father and his employment at the brickworks.


  • Yabbies [Episode 26 | Before Time : Barangaroo]

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    Yabbies [Episode 26 | Before Time : Barangaroo]

    Barangaroo and Mung collect yabbies for the cook-off. When Barangaroo returns to the camp she finds that Mung has gone missing in Mumuga country, so she and her friends go searching for him.


  • The horse and carriage [Episode 13 | 1888 : Victoria]

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    The horse and carriage [Episode 13 | 1888 : Victoria]

    Miss Müller is picked up by the newly furbished horse and carriage owned by the Müller Horse & Carriage Company. Victoria follows the carriage until Miss Müller is let off at the cemetery. Victoria runs into the Irish tradesman and learns that her father is having financial difficulties. This is also confirmed when she arrives home to hear her parents arguing.


  • Treasured objects [Episode 13 | 1888 : Victoria]

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    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.