Years 4-6
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Kid Curator and the Ballot Box

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Humanites and Social Sciences

Kid Curator and the Ballot Box

This video showcases Ballot Box 31, a container which was used to collect remote votes from rural areas of South Australia. Boxes in this style were designed to be carried by camel to remote polling places around the state. This particular box was used in Pimba, a small settlement located on the transcontinental railway line approximately 500 kilometers from Adelaide. It is often on display in the Adelaide CBD in the Centre of Democracy. The video considers the perspectives of a person from the Adnyamathanha nation who is unable to vote, and a woman living rurally, excited to vote for the first time.

Kid Curator and the Ballot Box



Year 4

Civics and Citizenship – the differences between “rules” and “laws”, why laws are important and how they affect the lives of people (AC9HS4K07) diversity of cultural, religious and/or social groups to which they and others in the community belong, and their importance to identity (AC9HS4K09)

Year 5

Civics and Citizenship – the key values and features of Australia’s democracy, including elections, and the roles and responsibilities of elected representatives (AC9HS5K06), how citizens (members of communities) with shared beliefs and values work together to achieve a civic goal (AC9HS5K07)

Year 6

Civics and Citizenship – changes in Australia’s political system and to Australian citizenship after Federation and throughout the 20th century that impacted First Nations Australians, migrants, women and children (AC9HS6K02), the key institutions of Australia’s system of government, how it is based on the Westminster system, and the key values and beliefs of Western democracies (AC9HS6K06)


Find our dedicated teaching resource and activity sheet here:

Kid Curator and the Ballot Box – Teaching Resource

Discussion Questions

Before watching:

  • What is a human right? Can you name some rights?
  • Is a law the same as a right? Why/why not?
  • In Australia we have a democracy which means that all citizens get to have a say in who is in our government. Describe what you know about voting and democracy.

After watching:

  • How do we ensure that laws are upheld?
  • Did you know about the struggles that First Nations peoples had in getting the vote? How do you think they and the rest of society felt about this?
  • What are some key shared values of Australians? Are they visible in our democratic system? Why/why not?

Kid Curator and the Curious Object series

This video is part of a series, created as a collaboration between Michael Mills and the History Trust of South Australia. The Kid Curator series explores local South Australian history through historical objects. The videos provide a curatorial description of the object and period in history blended with narrative-based re-enactments. Each video focuses on an object from the History Trust of South Australia’s State History Collection and provides differing point of view on the history of the object in question. View the video and use the dedicated education resource for a cross curricular exploration of the history of South Australia.

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