Today We Will: ....Geography... Monday 24 June 2013

Today we will examine:

  • Natural Hazards - Bushfires
  • Case Study: Black Saturday fires Victoria 7th February 2009
  • Homework Tasks due Week 1 Term 3

Fire Danger Index
This index is reached by combining data such as temperature, wind speed, humidity and fuel data to predict the risk of a bushfire on a scale of 0-100
On February 7th 2009 the Fire Danger Index in Victoria peaks close to 200.

How does the terrain affect the spread of bushfires?
Fires spread more quickly up ridges and hills.
For every 10 degrees of slope, fires will double their forward speed - This means for 10 degrees the fires double their speed, for 20 degrees it is 4 times the speed and for 30 degrees it is eight times the speed.

This effect is reversed going downhill.

What is the best way to survive a bushfire?
Plan and prepare to leave before bushfire threatens. Leaving early is the safest way to survive a bushfire.
The Black Saturday Bushfires claimed 172 lives as early warning systems did not happen.


Homework - Due Tuesday 16th July

Australia Between The Wars
1. Complete Glossary Exercise from last week and post on your Team Page

Copy and paste the table and the list of words below to OneNote.

Match the words below to the definitions. You may use our topic's Glossary page to help you.

Post your finished product on your Team Page

having an unfair preference or dislike of something

person who is unwilling or unable to accept rapid change or new ideas. A conservative government is one that is less likely to bring about great change.

system of government in which a one-party state controls social and economic institutions

unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence

absolute poverty

leader who rules a country with absolute power, usually by force

animal fat, usually drained from cooked meat. During the depression it was a common substitute for butter.

name given to the extreme right-wing political movements that emerged in Italy, Germany, Spain and Portugal in the interwar years. Hitler’s Germany (from 1933) and Mussolini’s Italy (from 1922) are the most important examples of fascism.

term describing women in the 1920s who adopted modern styles in fashion, hair, lifestyle

the term is used to describe the collapse of the world economy from 1929. The full impact of the depression was felt in Australia from 1930 and the decade of the 1930s is sometimes called the ‘depression decade’.

policy that the best way to get out of the depression was for the government to increase spending, particularly on public works for the unemployed..

products from farms or mines

correct behaviour or manners

successful, flourishing or thriving condition, especially in financial respects

person who caught rabbits and sold them

name given to Aboriginal people forcibly removed from their families.

special grants of money by the government to assist a particular industry or project.

sustenance or relief payments similar to the dole for the unemployed.

name given to people who did not approve of the more relaxed lifestyle of the 1920s, particularly the increased use of alcohol in society.



Stolen Generations








inflationary policy






Great Depression


primary products

2. Go to Entertainment and the Cinema
  1. Read the information
  2. Design 5 Questions to test your classmates' understanding of the topic 'Entertainment and the Cinema' in the interwar years.
  3. Blog your questions in the Discussion Post
  4. Respond to a set of questions posted by one of your class mates