In Who Do You Think You Are?, six well-known Australians play detective as they go in search of their family histories and discover secrets from the past. The series takes us to all corners of Australia and the globe, and some extraordinary stories are revealed – from resistance fighting to murder, from child abandonment to adoption, and from nineteenth-century abortion to twentieth-century shell shock, with each individual discovering that their ancestors form an integral part not only of their own identity, but of that of the nation.
Combining emotional and personal journeys with big-picture history, these inspiring and sometimes challenging stories remind us how Australians have come to be the people that they are today.
In keeping with Australia's multicultural background, this is also an international story. The six participants travel to the places where their forebears lived, loved and died, and learn about the hardships and hurdles they overcame.
This is a fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and cultural evolution of Australia's national identity.
This study guide is mainly aimed at middle- and upper-secondary school levels, and has relevance to English, Media Studies, History, SOSE/HSIE, Cultural Studies, Politics, Women's Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, and Genealogy.
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