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Le Forgeron Marionettes, elephant, 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of a domesticated elephant, covered in grey cloth and with movable legs, ears and trunk. It has glass eyes and is wearing a green fringed rug edged with silver sequins on its back and a matching head covering. Operating strings are attached to numerous parts, including the head, limbs and shoulders. ...

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Le Forgeron Marionettes, knight, 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of a medieval knight wearing armour on his arms, legs, feet and torso. He has a matching hat. The armour is made of silver-coloured cardboard with black detailing, and underneath it the knight wears a blue tunic. The knight has pronounced facial features with a very large chin, nose and cheekbones. ...

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Le Forgeron Marionettes, Arabian sultan, 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of an Arabian sultan. He wears a yellow shirt, a green embroidered jacket, red pants, a black embroidered cummerbund and a multi-coloured turban. He has a painted face, hands and feet (with painted slippers), and black woolly hair poking out from under his turban. Operating strings are attached ...

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Le Forgeron Marionettes, beagle 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of a beagle, covered in white and tan cloth, and with weighted feet. Operating strings are attached to the head and rump. It was part of Le Forgeron Marionettes, an Australian puppet theatre company that operated from 1930 until 1956.

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Le Forgeron Marionettes, Spanish lady, 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of a female Spanish dancer. The puppet wears a long-sleeved, ankle-length dress made of yellow satin with black lace trimming along the hem. Over this she wears a black satin bustier, and has a black lace shawl draped over her head and shoulders. She wears a pink flower in her wavy brown hair ...

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Things with wings - The transformation of a toy duck, 2006

This is a video about the waddling duck puppet and other winged props used in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Al Martinez (props construction manager) and Dan Potra (production designer) talk about the designs and show how they work. The duration is 1 min 16 sec.  

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Auditioning to be a puppetee - Flocks, fish and eels, 2006

This is a video about how puppeteers were selected for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Casting consultant Rachael Azzopardi and director of puppetry Peter Wilson talk about the attributes the performers needed. The duration of the video is 1 min 43 sec.

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Video of puppeteer Dimitri Katsoulis at work in his studio, 2007

This is video footage of Dimitri Katsoulis, a master of Greek puppets. It shows him building shadow puppets in his home studio. The puppets are two-dimensional and brightly coloured. Katsoulis uses special tools to fasten arm and leg joints to one puppet, and then carefully adds colour to a second puppet. The footage was ...

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Pameran

Help students put the displays for the Indonesian exhibition in order. Students from Indonesia have sent your school a display of Indonesia's cultural icons but they are all mixed up! Examine each topic to match the appropriate information to the right display. Use the search engine, Pintu Indonesia, to find out more about ...

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Pintu Indonesia

Use the Pintu Indonesia search engine to find out about Indonesia's cultural icons. Learn about the Garuda, wayang kulit, volcanoes, the orang-utan and more. Research the cultural, historical, social and/or political significance of the icons.

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First contact

This collection of ten digital curriculum resources is organised into four categories - contact with Macassan traders; contact with colonists; contact with scientific expeditions; and misleading non-Indigenous representations of contact. The resources in the collection include paintings, documentary footage, photographs ...

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Cinderella on Strings, c1947

This black-and-white clip features a filmed marionette production of Cinderella with piano accompaniment performed by an Australian marionette company in the 1940s. A male narrator and rotating cut-out scenes of a storybook version of Cinderella introduce the marionette production. A female narrator tells the story as the ...

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First Contact, 1983: 'Guns and pigs'

This clip shows two Australian brothers, the Leahys, demonstrating the power of guns for the first time to people in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the 1930s. The clip includes archival black-and-white photographs and Michael Leahy's film footage of the newcomers killing a pig to convey the fearsomeness ...

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First Contact, 1983: 'Gramophone'

This clip shows the responses of Papua New Guinea Highlanders in the 1930s to a gramophone played to them by two Australian brothers, the Leahys. Michael Leahy's black-and-white photographs and film footage from the time show the Highlanders surrounding and looking at a gramophone. The 1983 filmmakers have edited a 1930s ...

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Contact between the expeditions of Captain James Cook and the indigenous peoples of the Pacific

This is a collection of 14 digital curriculum resources focusing on relations between members of James Cook's three voyages to the Pacific and the indigenous peoples of the region. It is organised into six categories - James Cook; Tupaia; the Mäori of Queen Charlotte Sound; gifts; ethnographical collecting by expedition ...

Teacher resource

Pameran: teacher resource

This resource has teacher notes and assessment ideas to support the classroom use of the Indonesian LOTE learning object Pameran. The resource includes a profile of the expected student user, a description of the learning object, printable worksheets, extension activities, and lists of further resources related to the learning ...

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Pintu Indonesia: teacher resource

This resource has teacher notes and assessment ideas to support the classroom use of the Indonesian LOTE learning object Pintu Indonesia. The resource includes a profile of the expected student user, a description of the learning object, printable worksheets, extension activities, and lists of further resources related ...

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Create a Thai-style shadow puppet

This is an activity consisting of a set of instructions to create a Thai-style shadow puppet. There are eight steps for students to follow, with links to two styles of template, which are used to make the puppets, to download. There is a linked video within the resource showing a Thai shadow-puppet performance. Additional ...

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Create Balinese shadow puppets

This is an activity consisting of a list of materials and a set of instructions for creating a Balinese shadow puppet. There are four steps of instruction for students to follow, with links to downloads for two styles of puppet template, as well as performance outlines for two plays. There is a linked video that shows a ...

Interactive Resource

Puppet Pals HD

This is a free application for the iPad that focuses on creating plays using a library of eight animated fairytale characters and five background scenes. It features video, audio and a record function, as well as the ability to import background scenes from personal photo libraries, create actors from photos, and save, ...