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Let's celebrate

Student activities

Task no. 1

Let's Celebrate!

Investigate what old photos can tell us about celebrations in the past – how, what and why people celebrated. 


  • What are they celebrating?
  • How do you know?
  • Are these photos from the past or the present? How do you know?
3rd birthday part of Georgianna Ward-Williams, 8/9/1936
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Sydney during the Olympic Games, 2000, 16 Sept - 3 Oct 2000
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Queen Victoria, Centenary of Federation parade, 2001, 1979-2001
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Chinese New Year lion dance, Festival of Sydney, Cabramatta, 1993, 1979-2001
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Indonesian community at the end of Ramadan, Addison Rd Community Centre, 19 January 1999, 1998-1999
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Task no. 2

Birthday celebrations

Use the photograph of a ninth birthday party to discuss celebrations. 


  • How can you tell this is a celebration?
  • Is this image from the past of the present? How do you know?
  • What do you need for a celebration? Think about food, clothing and venue.
  • How did you celebrate your last birthday?
  • Draw a picture or write about an exciting place where you would like to celebrate your next birthday party.
Girl's 9th birthday party
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