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Miss Australia – a nation's quest

Exploring social change over time 1945–2000

Front cover of the Miss Australia unit of work

Curriculum areas: Australian history, English

Years: 8–12

Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Culture; Natural and Social Systems; Investigation, Communication and Participation.

Considers social change in Australia from 1945–2000 through an exploration of source material – objects, images and documents – presented in the Miss Australia exhibition.

The student activities included in this unit cover the following topics:

  • The Miss Australia competition – An overview
  • Interrogating a museum object
  • What does a study of the Miss Australia competition tell us about social change across the decades of the 20th century?
  • Exploring the exhibition