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A Soldier's Doll

Episode:61Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Continuity and Change

Description:Dorothy Broad came up with a special way to keep her soldier boyfriend close while he was overseas during World War I.

Questions for students

  1. Who made the doll? Who used it? What was it used for?
  2. Where did the name ANZAC come from? What do you know about the key event associated with the name? How could you find out more?
  3. Communication methods have changed a lot since World War I. Use the 'Then and now' response template to compare several aspects of communication. Consider speed, convenience, privacy and reliability.
  4. The doll's maker replicated items a real soldier would wear. What are these items? Why do you think she did this?
  5. Why might small dolls have been sold as fundraisers for the war? Is this a practice we continue today? How does it compare with recent examples of public fundraising when New Zealanders are involved in international events?

Related templates:

Then and now