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Citizens' Arch: an exploration

Have a close look at the Citizen's Arch in Melbourne. Examine decorations on the monument such as colonial flags and images of British royalty. This monument was built in 1901 to celebrate the federation of Australia's six colonies, the opening of Federal Parliament, and a visit from members of the British Royal family. ...

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Citizens' Arch: build your own arch

Look closely at the Citizen's Arch in Melbourne. This monument was built in 1901 to celebrate the federation of Australia's six colonies, the opening of Federal Parliament, and the visit from members of the British Royal family. Notice how the design of the original monument had a strong British influence. Build your own ...

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Citizens' Arch: Federation celebrations

Have a look at the Citizen's Arch in Melbourne. Examine three documents revealing why this monument was built in 1901: the Australian Constitution of 1900, an invitation to the opening of the first Australian parliament, and a photo of the celebratory visit by a couple from the British royal family. Explore a timeline of ...

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Melbourne Today, 1931: Melbourne city

This clip shows the city of Melbourne in 1931 and is from a black-and-white travelogue made by Frank Thring senior as part of his 'Cities of the Empire' series. The clip begins with a panoramic view from the Morehouse Tower of St Paul's Cathedral looking south over the Yarra River, followed by a tracking shot of St Kilda ...

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Townsville's tourist attractions - asset 1

This is a short excerpt from 'Round about Townsville', a 9-minute silent documentary film from 1926. It begins with an intertitle: 'Modern palatial hotels provide every demand of the most exacting guest ... Spacious open air lounges give them an Eastern atmosphere'. Scenes of the exterior of a grand hotel building in Townsville ...

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Wedding photo, c1925

This is a black-and-white photograph of an unidentified bride and a man, possibly her father, standing on the front veranda of a house, probably in Canberra around 1925.

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Round about Townsville, 1926: A modern 'palatial hotel'

This clip shows the exterior and interior of a large hotel in Townsville in northern Queensland in 1926. It begins with an intertitle: 'Modern palatial hotels provide every demand of the most exacting guest ... Spacious open air lounges give them an Eastern atmosphere'. Sepia-tinted scenes of the exterior follow and include ...

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A Nation is Built, 1938: Sydney - 'the Empire's second greatest white city'

This black-and-white clip shows Sydney in 1938, using a montage of images to represent it as a bustling, vibrant city. Shots of the central business district show its mix of colonial and modern architecture, and Art Deco buildings such as the City Mutual Life Building. Included are glimpses of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, ...

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Early colonists: builders or destroyers

Two Year 5 teachers at this school collaborate and team teach as a strategy to meet the needs of all students in their classes. In this lesson students were organised in mixed-ability groups, with one of the groups consisting of high-ability students. The students re-examined the ‘Port Adelaide looking north along Commercial ...