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How has changing technology affected people’s lives? What was life like during your parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods? Find out how people did household chores in the past.

Chores 18:09


  • How many objects can you find at home to help with chores/jobs?
  • Ask a parent or grandparent about how they did chores when they were your age.
  • Draw a picture of an object used for chores from the past and one from the present.

Australian Curriculum links

Year 1 History

Differences and similarities between students' daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods (ACHASSK030)

Year 2 History

How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past) (ACHASSK046)

In our collection

Wooden dolly pegWooden dolly peg. Stained from use. Wood chipped away in places.
Hand-operated Singer sewing machineHand-operated Singer sewing machine, black with gold floral motifs. It has a detachable wooden base and a wooden case.
DustpanA dustpan made of metal and painted black. Three sides of the dust pan are curved up.
Koerstz simple tumble-over double box wool pressKoerstz brand simple tumble over, double box wool press with a lever and fuzee to provide the pressure. The boxes are relatively short and extra wire loops for the pins have been added to the top box. There are two meat tins fixed to the lower box, to hold bale fasteners, and there are two bits of leather strap fixed close to th...
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