Life in Australia during the Great Depression

Part 1

1) I believe the purpose of the video (bread and dripping) it to inform people about how life was for everyone in the great depression, when this video was made the great depression was still fairly fresh in everyone’s mind so they created this video for documentation so that people in the future would learn from what happened and not make those mistakes again


2) The stimulus show how people lived in the great depression and explained the ration system and what people did in there spare time to relieve the stress of being out of work and poor. It also showed how the aboriginal people were treated in this time (which was despicable) there rations were lots worse than the white-Australians rations and no one accepted them into any work (less than white-Australians).

3) I personally think that the way they treated the aboriginals (compared to white-Australians) was despicable there rations were heaps worse than white-Australians rations whose included bread some vegetables butter milk and other small necessity’s compared to the aboriginals rations which included white flour condensed milk and butter.

Part 2

What did the Great Depression really mean in Australia? Long dole queues were found across the land, and yet our country rallied in so many ways: in high unemployment towns like Happy Valley in the council of Waverley NSW, the Unemployment Relief Works Program built valuable roads, pools and buildings giving hundreds of people employment and a sense of self-worth; concerts at Bondi Beach raised money for the ‘Vegetable Fund’, and school children across the country were helped with free soup and bread.

Part 3

The great depression in Australia affected many people in both bad ways and good ways; just some of the things that happened in the great depression was extreme unemployment, Phar-lap, and children wandering the streets. Phar lap was a significant part of depression history because he gave people something to believe in and something to take away their troubles for a short period of time and when he won even though they only got a small amount of money back it made them feel like they could do anything. when Phar Lap died everyone was astounded and most people went back to felling sorry for them selves so the short time of happiness disappeared along with Phar lap’s life. Phar lap didn’t die of natural causes he was poisoned so when they did an autopsy of his body thy found that his intestines and liver were inflamed. Men in the days of the great depression were almost always the bread-winners of the family so when they got the sac (usually due to the company’s having too many workers to pay) they still got up and got dressed for work even though they had nowhere to go (this was to save there honour from being tarnished by there family and friends).

The men with no jobs usually went into the city to find more work so that they could support there family but with companies shutting down everywhere there was no work to be found. Children in the depression years where usually some of the worst off from the rest of white society, they usually wore sorry looking clothes that were made from lots of patches that have been sown together. They still went to school though and they usually got at least one good meal a day which was called the “school nutrition diet”, other times however when the children were not in school they lined up stalls and managed to get a bowl of free soup. The aboriginals had it worse than any one in Australia at the time there rations were poor and there living conditions were poorer. The aboriginals were forced into British rules but they were not rewarded in any way for this. There children were taken from them and they were never allowed to see them again so when they put up a fight they were beaten to the ground and they never set eyes on there children again.

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