Crime & punishment: a case study
About the program
This challenging and thought-provoking program develops students’ skills in historical research and critical thinking, and their appreciation of history as a study of human experience.
In September 1934 the body of a young woman was discovered in a stormwater drain on the outskirts of the town of Albury, dressed only in her pyjamas. She had been brutally murdered. The case sparked enormous media interest around the world, yet the Pyjama Girl, as she became known, remained unidentified for 10 years. In 1944 renewed investigations by the NSW Police uncovered inaccuracies in the initial forensic investigation. The woman was finally identified as Linda Agostini, and her husband was arrested, charged with her murder, extradited to Victoria and put on trial in Melbourne’s Supreme Court.
Students are asked to investigate, as historians, this infamous event, examining evidence from various primary and secondary sources. They watch a film made in 1939, which outlines the facts of the case as they were understood at that time. Then, using other documentary evidence, students evaluate the film’s reliability as a source for their inquiries and discuss perspectives presented by the media of the time. Students explore, examine and evaluate artefacts and documents relating to the case (including forensic evidence found during the criminal investigation), learning how a wide range of sources provides the evidence required to pursue a historical inquiry.
To conclude, students take part in a recreation in the museum's courtroom of the 1944 murder trial of Antonio Agostini. Using their knowledge of the case, as well as an understanding of the historical context, students draw their own conclusions about the surprising legal outcome.
Stage 5 Elective History
Topic 1: Constructing History
Topic 3: Thematic Studies
Crime & Punishment
E5.1 Applies an understanding of history … and methods of historical inquiry
E5.2 Examines the ways in which historical meanings can be constructed through a range of media
E5.6 Identifies, comprehends and evaluates historical sources and uses them appropriately in an historical inquiry
E5.7 Explains different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past
Up to 20 Students: $200
Up to 40 Students: $385
Up to 60 Students: $575
Up to 80 Students: $760
Up to 100 Students: $905
Up to 120 Students: $1,055
Up to 140 Students: $1,130
Up to 160 Students: $1,230
You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit. We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements. You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking. Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW). Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program. Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking. Cancellations must be made in writing.
- Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
- Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
- Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
- Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
- Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
- Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
- Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.
Justice & Police MuseumCorner Albert and Phillip streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9252 1144
- Wheelchair accessible
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The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge
Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12