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    HMAS Sydney's Carley Float
HMAS Sydney's Carley Float
Worksheet

Here is the HMAS Sydney Carley Float National Treasure.

FOCUS QUESTION

What does this object help me understand about Australian history and heritage?

IDENTIFYING THE OBJECTS

1. Describe the object. (Comment on such aspects as its size, use, age, condition.)

FORMING HYPOTHESES

2. This object is important because it is the only link to our worst ever naval disaster, the loss at sea of the HMAS Sydney with all its hands.

What do you think the object helps us to understand about:

  • our national identity
  • the nature of war
  • the impact of war on people's lives (both participants and families)?

FINDING OUT MORE

3. Imagine you had to write a short paragraph describing the objects and their significance to an overseas visitor. List three things that you would need to find out about in order to create that description.

You will get extra information about this object from the video clip, and the Warren Brown cartoon of it.

COMING TO CONCLUSIONS

4. Now write that short paragraph for your overseas visitor.

ADDING TO NATIONAL TREASURES

5. Imagine that you could add any one object relating to Australia in World War 2 to a ‘National Treasures' list. What would that object be?

Explain and justify your choice.

You might like now to see the video clip on HMAS Sydney's Carley Float, or explore the Warren Brown cartoon of HMAS Sydney's Carley Float featured in the video clip.
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