Our Brave Ancestors

Rohan: My great grandfather drove trucks in WW2.
Nicholas: My great great great uncle was in WW1. He was gassed in the trenches on the Western
Front. He fought on the Somme. He survived to come home but was very sick from the gas.
Pascal: My great grandfather was in WW1. He survived and came home to his family.
Isaac: My great great grandfather, Henry Mottram fought in WW1. He served in the 5th Battalion on the Western Front. He was killed in Belgium in 1917. My great grandfather Harold Mottram served in the 7th battalion in WW2. He drove trucks in the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea.
Claire: my great grandfather was in WW2. He was defending the tropics in Queensland. My other great grandfather was also in WW2. He was posted to Papua New Guinea. He was a sergeant trying to stop the Japanese from coming to Australia.
Ruby: On my dad’s side my great grand dad worked on a submarine. He had to do a test where he went into a small room and there was a tube which went up that he swim through after it was filled with water. My mum’s grandfather was a mechanic fighting for the allies.
Merri: My grandfather, David Higgins joined the army when he was 18. He served in Vietnam from 1971 to 1973. He once found an unexplored bomb in his truck. His camp was sprayed with agent orange, a chemical to remove vegetation. He died from cancer.
Amelia: My great great uncle fought in WW2. He was in the navy and was in Sydney when they found the mini Japanese submarine.
Zane: My great grandfather, Robert Purdy served and fought inWW2. He flew bomber planes taking photographs over enemy lines to find good places to bomb and attack.
Sonya: My great grandfather, Joseph OBrien fought in Gallipoli. After leaving Gallipoli he was sent to the Western Front. He was shot in the leg in Poziers and returned home in 1917.
Erin: My great grandfather was an ace pilot in WW2. His name was Bevan Mason Hall and he was from New Zealand. His plane was shot down over Europe and he was killed.


Australian’s at War

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Life in 18th Century England

In the late 18th century life during the industrial revolution began to transform life in Britain. Until then most people lived in the countryside and made their living from farming. By the mid 19th century most people in Britain lived in towns and made their living from mining or manufacturing industries.

At the end of the 17th century it was estimated the population of England and
Wales was about 5 1/2 million. The population of Scotland was about 1 million.
The population of London was about 600,000. In the mid 18th century the
population of Britain was about 6 1/2 million. In the late 18th century it grew
rapidly and by 1801 it was over 9 million. The population of London was almost 1

Despite the improvements in farming food for ordinary people remained plain and monotonous. For them meat was a luxury. In England a poor person’s food was mainly bread and potatoes. In
the 18th century drinking tea became common even among ordinary people.

Craftsmen and laborers lived in 2 or 3 rooms. The poorest people lived in just
one room. Their furniture was very simple and plain.

In the 18th century men wore knee-length trouser like garments called breeches and stockings. They also wore waistcoats and frock coats. They wore linen shirts. Both men and women wore wigs and for men three-cornered hats were popular. Men wore buckled shoes.

Women wore stays (a bodice with strips of whalebone) and hooped petticoats under their dresses. Women in the 18th century did not wear knickers. Fashionable women carried folding fans. Fashion was very important for the rich in the 18th century but poor people’s clothes hardly changed at all.

In the late 18th century everyday life in Britain was transformed by the industrial revolution. Towns, industry and trade had been growing for centuries but about 1780 economic growth took off.






What is a Narrative?

Narrative writing tells a story or part of one.

The story is told in time order.

The clue words for narrative prompts are:

Tell about a time…

Tell the story…

Tell about when…

Remember: A narrative means telling a story.

 Parts of a narrative:

Beginning or Introduction– This is a sentence that tells your reader what you are writing about. Be sure to include one or two important words from the prompt.

•Middle – The middle is where you write details that go together and details that create “mind movies” for your reader. The middle should be orderly and organized. Be sure to include interesting facts, examples, reasons, mini stories, and descriptions that help your reader picture what you are writing about. It is a good idea to start a new paragraph when you change ideas or move on to a different time or location.

•Ending or Conclusion– This is a sentence or two that wraps up your paper by telling your reader the most important thing you want to say.