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Video clip synopsis – In a typical 60s family a mother works to get dinner ready as the children come home after school. After Dad arrives home from work in the Holden, Mum serves traditional roast lamb and three vegetables.
Year of production - 1966
Duration - 1min 32sec
Tags - communities, culture, family life, gender, identity, socialisation, stereotypes, see all tags


Family Life in Geelong

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About the Video Clip


Family Life in Geelong is an excerpt from the film Life in Australia: Geelong (22mins), an episode of the Life in Australia Series (12 × 22 mins), produced in 1966.

Life in Australia: Geelong: Scenes of life and recreation in Geelong Victoria without commentary. The film was made to encourage immigration and had a theatrical release. It shows typical scenes from family life in the 60s in Geelong, Victoria.

Life in Australia Series: The Life in Australia Series visits state capitals and regional centres around the nation to give a picture of life in Australia in the mid 1960s. Part travelogue, it tours streets, buildings and points of interest around the towns, but the emphasis is really on providing a visual record of “typical” daily life, from work and education to home and recreation.

Life in Australia Series is a National Film Board Production. Produced by the Commonwealth Film Unit.

Curriculum Focus


The focus of the study is the process of socialisation and the development and coming of age of individuals in a variety of social and cultural settings.

Outcomes – a student:
P2 identifies and describes relationships within and between social and cultural groups
P3 describes cultural diversity and commonality within societies and culture
P5 investigates power, authority, gender and technology and describes their influence on decision-making and participation in society

This material is an extract. Teachers and students should consult the Board of Studies website for more information.

Background Information


Australia has long been one of the most highly urbanised nations in the world.

Part of this urbanisation is the existence of major rural centres.

Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city. Located about an hour’s drive from Melbourne, it is a major port, and features a large manufacturing centre for the automotive industry as well as a major oil refinery and storage area.

In the 1960s it was also a major textiles manufacturing area, though this industry has now declined significantly.

Geelong has always been one of the areas that state and federal governments focus on when they promote regional development away from the capital city, Melbourne.

Classroom Activities

  1. Briefly describe the clip in a brief synopsis
  2. The clip has been chosen as part of your study on Personal and Social Identity. Explain the reasons you think are behind the selection of this clip in terms of the course concepts it will enable to be considered and discussed.
  3. Considering how individuals develop identity and a sense of self and what you saw in this clip; comment on the premise that it was easier growing up in the 1960’s in Australia than nowadays.
  4. Compare your own experience of growing up to that presented in the clip and consider the similarities and differences involved. Is there such an entity as a ‘typical Australian family’ today?
  5. Finally what were your first thoughts on seeing the clip?