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    Thomson Car
Thomson Car
Worksheet

Here is the Thomson Car National Treasure.

FOCUS QUESTION

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

IDENTIFYING THE OBJECT

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

FORMING HYPOTHESES

This object is important because it is associated with early Australian manufacturing and technology.

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

  • our national identity
  • Australia's manufacturing history
  • Australia's inventions history
  • Australia's competitive disadvantages on a world scale?

FINDING OUT MORE

Imagine you had to write a short paragraph describing the object and its 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

Now write that short paragraph for your overseas visitor.

ADDING TO NATIONAL TREASURES

Imagine that you could add any one object relating to Australia's manufacturing or inventions ‘National Treasures' list. What would that object be?

Explain and justify your choice.

You might like now to see the video clip on the Thomson Car, or explore the Warren Brown cartoon of the Thomson Car featured in the video clip.
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