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This website, “A Search for Beauty in the Sydney Burbs,” is dedicated to a photographic exploration of 52 Sydney suburbs by the artist, Louise Hawson. Within this broad framework, Hawson has compiled a beautiful selection of images to explore the multicultural suburb of Cabramatta. Students in Stage 2 HSIE could use this resource to explore and discuss the different cultures of people who live in their local community of Cabramatta. It is a valuable online resource because it features a good range of both visual and written information to engage students through a variety of modes, which could be very useful to developing literacy across both visual and written texts.
The website features photographs and brief descriptions of a range of Cabramatta’s local people of different ages, cultures and religions with different beliefs and dress; it features elements of cultural practices and diverse places of worship; significant buildings and rituals; images from the local celebration for Chinese Moon Festival; commercial shops; artworks; healing medicines; and foods from the area. Students could use this online resource as a starting point to discuss their own responses to their local area, and to share what they recognise and/or think is missing from the website. Students could then be given a photographic project of their own—to build their own visual representation and community profile of the people in their local area.
Afterwards, students can be encouraged to broaden their study to engage with global perspectives, by using the link on the left hand side of the website ( entitled “52 Suburbs Around the World”), to view Hawson’s photographic profiles of suburbs from around the world. An assessment could be set whereby students draw a comparison between people’s lives and backgrounds in a suburb overseas with those in their own community.
Relevant for the 'cultural' strand of HSIE studies with children in Stage Two. Following outcomes: * CUS2.3: Explains how shared customs, practices, symbols, languages and traditions in communities contribute to Australian and community identities; and * CUS2.4: Describes different viewpoints, ways of living, languages and belief systems in a variety of communities. Specific content descriptor: “Origins and backgrounds of people in the local community.”