Similarities and differences across three generations

Black and white photograph of primary school students sitting at desks in rows reading. Teacher in the background helping a student read.

One-teacher school in Queensland

NAA: A1200, L96260

From playing games with friends to going to school, some parts of childhood never seem to change. Photographs showing the daily life of children in Australia last century highlight the differences and similarities between growing up in the past and today.

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  • Where are the children in the photo and what are they doing?
  • Imagine you were doing this activity today. What would be different? What would be the same?
  • What clues tell you that this photo was taken in the past?

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