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Episode:105Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 6

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

Description:We take it for granted that women can join the armed forces. In 1899, when New Zealand sent its first fighting force overseas, that certainly was not the case. But that didn't stop women dressing like the fighting soldiers as they waged their own campaigns at home.

Questions for students

  1. What do you know about the Boer War? Look it up and find out where and when it was fought, who the main participants were, and why New Zealand sent troops into battle. What was the end result of the war?
  2. Explain how the Wellington Amazons came about. Who were they? Why did they call themselves Amazons? What did they do? Why did they do these things?
  3. The Amazons designed a uniform for themselves. How does it compare with the clothes that the women would have worn in their everyday lives at that time? How do Te Papa's collections help us know about clothing of the day?
  4. Much of the money needed to join the Boer War was raised by the public. Do you think people now would be prepared to raise money to send soldiers to war overseas? Why do you think that?
  5. There have been many changes in society and world politics since the 1890s. Select two aspects of life shown in the Tale that have changed a lot since then. Use the 'Then and now' response template to record these changes.

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Then and now