Tuesday, July 10

adventuring {constitution}

Last week Bren found out about a nifty exhibition at the National Archives.
9 July 1900 was the day that royal assent
was granted to Australia's Constitution
so the lovely folks at the Archives organised a fun day out for the kids...

The bigs were given a History Mystery booklet to fill in.
Their mission:
To discover who gave permission
to create the nation of Australia.

And for the little ones, a sticker booklet to fill up.
They were tasked with finding items such as Harold Holt's briefcase
and a model of a moon rocket.

Abi & Sol are looking at an early draft of the Constitution,
complete with annotations by Edmund Barton.

Abel's first sticker led him to the National Service ballot balls,
used to conscript 20-year-old Australian men into national service during the Vietnam War.

Abel loved examining this wall of photographs.

There were great touch screens with loads of interesting facts.
I loved this one depicting Edmund Barton, Alfred Deakin and Charles Kingston
who travelled to London to present the Constitution to the British Parliament for approval:
"When the door closed upon us and left us alone, we seized each others hands and danced hand in hand around the centre of the room to express our jubliation." ~ Alfred Deakin

There was also a nifty little Antarctic exhibition at the Archives.

They had these cool sound recordings around the place. You could listen to gale force winds, radio communications, and sea ice creaking and groaning. If you shut your eyes and listened long enough it was quite eerie! This one was fun though - Sol's listening to Weddell seals and Adelie penguins.
I might have recorded some of this to my iPhone as a voice memo, but I can't figure out how to upload it to the blog. Probably just as well. Not ready for jail just yet.

When the kids finished their history mystery they were rewarded with cake.
As my sister-in-law, Monica, pointed out - Tassie's been hard done by again!
Then again, Sydney's covered in ice so it's all good HA!

After all our hard work we stopped for a cuppa at Pork Barrel, a lovely little cafe near Old Parliament House. The kids went for a run around the rose beds while we stayed inside with the heater. Nice.

After a cup of tea we wandered over to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. I was hoping there'd be someone  there who wouldn't mind chatting to the kids about why the Embassy was created. Unfortunately there was nobody around, but we spent a bit of time looking at the signs around the area. This one - SOVEREIGN - made the kids think about the right to rule. I don't think it's the last time we'll be having that conversation.

And to finish off we stood on some famous steps and I told my Gough Whitlam story.
It involved me tripping over on the footpath outside East Block on my way to the post office in 1995. As I stood up and dusted myself off I noticed a bemused Gough looking at me through his car window.
Nice work, me.
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  1. Awww wow! Looks like you all had a super fun day!

    1. We sure did! Pays to be a tourist in your own city sometimes haha :)


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