better way to motivate your class
bringing them on an educational excursion to the
Museum of South Australia
not call in to see what the Museum has to offer.
Museum is open every Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm
you could arrange a visit to speak with on of our staff and have a
guided tour of the Museum
Major Barry Willoughby CSM
0438 195 847
Curator: Warrant Officer James Love (08) 8305
Curator: Jeff Ayles
can be made by contacting:
office: (08) 8305 6374
any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours. If the office is
temporarily unattended leave a message on the answering machine and they will
get back to you.
booking your tour you can specify particular needs/topics you would like emphasized
to meet the particular curriculum strand you are covering.
the most benefit from your class visit some suggested activities are listed below
for you consideration
to your visit
ideas can be obtained by going directly to the links
websites for Schools
Prior to your visit
your school Resource Centre: Ask your librarian about kits/pictures/books
and other reference material that is available.
out our Resources for Schools
section to find out what resources are available through the internet.
if there is a local war memorial near your school? Are there and student’s
families represented on it.
- Ask your students if
any have family members who have served in a conflict?
the Australian War Memorial website and download that persons documentation.
your students to bring any military memorabilia to school to share with the class?
a student work sheet to meet the needs of your visit or down load one of the
work sheets on this website [See our section Resources
- Have students prepare
a list of questions they would like answered by the tour leader. Please advise
the tour leader of the questions prior to your visit so that they can ensure the
accuracy and depth of response required.
special days/ceremonies e.g. Anzac Day and Remembrance Day with your class.
blank maps of the world for students to use during your visit.
During your visit
a clip board, pen, work sheet, blank maps of the world [to mark in the places
represented by the displays] and an atlas to find out where places are that are
referred to by the tour leaders..
- Make brief notes.
- Complete your questionnaire.
the differences in clothing and equipment
specifically South Australian individual service personnel/units mentioned.
student questions to follow up when back at school.
After your visit
few suggestions for follow up activities
a map of the world research all the locations where Australians have fought.
a family members’ service or the service of a name on your local war memorial.
and War: What technological invention resulted from WW1 and what use were they
put to after the war [e.g. wrist watch, aerial photography?
and contrast the technological advances that have changed how war is fought [c.f.
WW1 v’s Vietnam]. How have changes in communication influenced the
conduct of war?
- Social change: Research
changes that have evolved as a result of wars [e.g. the changing role of woman
in the work force, inventions that have changed our lives].
Conditions: Compare and contrast the various conditions under which battles
have been fought [e.g. desert warfare, jungle warfare, urban warfare, changes
in the seasons, changes in technology.
a display relating to your visit to share with the rest of your school. This
could involve pictures, maps, facts, 3D models/dioramas, etc.
a recruitment/propaganda poster.
- Defence of South
Australia before federation: Research Fort Largs, Fort Glanville, Fort Glenelg,
Military Road, HMCS Protector, Torpedo station, Militia forces, defence forces
in country regions, Defence Acts of parliament, etc. What were the perceived threats
to the colony of South Australia?
- National Service:
Why was it introduced? How has it changed over our history?
Soldiers: Research the defence of Australia between and during times of conflict.
and contrast the differences of a “Citizen” v’s “Permanent” army in Australia’s
history. When was Australia’s first “Standing Army” established, and why?
Research School Cadets/Regional cadets. Why did the system start and what brought
about the changes that were made?
the changing role of woman in war.
Military Decorations and awards, campaign medals and long service awards; what
is there significance.
- The Home Front: What
were the effects of war on the people in Australia: wifes, husbands, mothers,
fathers, children, the local community?
industry: What defence industries were established in South Australia.
of War: Compare and contrast the lives of PW’s in Europe compared with SE
- Patriotism: Why did so many men and
woman volunteer to serve their country, empire, commonwealth.
go to War: Consider the reasons for Australia’s involvement in the Boer War,
WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnan War, Peace Keeping Operations.
Australia: How has our isolated country been touched by war?
How do we commemorate the sacrifices made?
What was involved? How was it used?
information regarding any of these examples please do not hesitate to contact
the staff of our
and Research Centre”
8305 6705 Monday [afternoons/evenings] or Wednesday.