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The Duracks and local Aboriginal peoples

Was it possible for the children of people of Irish descent to become friends with local Indigenous children when their lives were unequal in so many ways? Within the Kimberley region, the Durack family owned millions of acres of land that until the 1880s was home to Aboriginal peoples. In this clip, explore the relationship ...

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An ancient civilisation uses mysterious writing

What is the meaning of the script inscribed on seal stones from the ancient Indus Valley civilisation in modern-day Pakistan and western India? Archaeologists have identified about 400 symbols on the seals. We know that similar seals were used around the same time by ancient Sumerians to leave impressions when pressed into ...

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Fascinating facts about Aboriginal people

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about the extraordinary things he discovered about Aboriginal people from a archaeological dig at Brewarrina.

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Attraction to History

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about his attraction to History and his fascination with the social history of Australia.

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Video of Anita Apinis speaking about her parents, who emigrated from Latvia as refugees, 2006

This is a video of Anita Apinis speaking about her parents' experience of emigrating from Latvia to Australia as refugees. She demonstrates traditional Latvian weaving on the loom that her parents brought to Australia, made from salvaged wood in a displaced person's camp in Memmingen, Germany. She also discusses traditional ...

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Video of discussion about the Women on Farms Gathering Collection, 2006-07

This video begins with curator Liza Dale-Hallett and historian Marian Quartly talking about the Women on Farms Gathering perpetual banner. They also discuss the implications of curating an object that is still in use and whose meaning is still being created by a community. Following that is an interview with two women, ...

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The Duracks: an Australian dynasty

What sort of relationships did outback Australia's early colonists have with Indigenous people? Irish immigrant Patrick Durack (1834-98) was already a successful pastoralist when he took control of vast lands in the Kimberley region in the 1880s. In this clip, discover what life was like for generations of Duracks, particularly ...

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Eora: mapping Aboriginal Sydney, 1770-1850

Why are artworks viewed as important sources of historical information? In this clip, you will see a range of artworks created about and by the Eora people, the original inhabitants of Port Jackson (site of today's Sydney Harbour). These artworks were part of a State Library of NSW exhibition in 2006, which was designed ...

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Two years after the 1966 Wave Hill walk-off

Visit Wattie Creek at Wave Hill station in 1968. It is two years into the historic strike known as the 'Wave Hill walk-off' led by the Aboriginal Elder Vincent Lingiari. In this black-and-white clip made at the time, listen to Vincent Lingiari and other strikers discuss what they are fighting for. The manager of Wave Hill ...

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What's inside a mummy?

How can new technology be used to find out what's in a mummy without unwrapping it? Watch as Horus, an Egyptian mummy, is taken to hospital to undergo a CT (computed tomography) scan. The scan reveals what is under Horus's bandages, tells historians the age he died, and might provide some clues about the reason for his death.

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Archaeology and Macassan visitors to Australia

Experience the excitement of a team of archeologists conducting research about whether people from Indonesia could have visited Arnhem Land in northern Australia centuries earlier than such visits are generally believed to have begun. In this Stateline program from 2008, ABC reporters interview the archaeologists and record ...

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The Wave Hill walk-off: more than a wage dispute

Visit Wattie Creek at Wave Hill station in 1968. It is two years into the historic strike known as the 'Wave Hill walk-off' led by the Aboriginal Elder Vincent Lingiari. In this black-and-white clip made at the time, listen to Vincent Lingiari and other strikers discuss what they are fighting for. The manager of Wave Hill ...

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Tulum, an ancient Mayan city

Discover the remains of Tulum, a city that was once a busy port for a civilisation that thrived in Mexico for centuries. In this clip from an ABC Foreign Correspondent program, reporter Jane Cowan scales the heights of the Coba pyramid and recounts some of the history of the Mayan people who built it.

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Discoveries at Lake Mungo

Visit the site of a discovery of human remains that are so old they make Egyptian mummies seem recent. In this ABC documentary a reporter visits Lake Mungo in the Willandra Lakes region of western NSW to view the site of the discovery of ancient human remains and the ongoing work of archaeologists.

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Indian history reveals more ancient civilisations

How far back in time does our knowledge of Indian civilisation extend? In this clip we investigate the Vedic civilisation, which emerged around 1500 BCE, and then turn to the much earlier Indus Valley civilisation. The Mauryan Empire of Chandragupta, Bindusara and Ashoka, by comparison, arose in the fourth century BCE. ...

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Charles Perkins campaigns for Aboriginal rights

Why was 1967 a turning point in the struggle for legal equality and the civil rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? In this clip, we encounter leading Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins as he addresses a range of public meetings held to raise awareness of racial discrimination and to bring about change ...

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Howard Carter finds Tutankhamun's tomb

Why was the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun so hard to find? Like other pharaohs of the New Kingdom period (1550-1070 BCE), Tutankhamun was buried in the Valley of the Kings. Retrace the footsteps of archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 when he made the most amazing archaeological discovery of the 20th century.

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Adorning the coffins of Ancient Egyptians

How did the people of ancient Egypt prepare the deceased for the afterlife? Archaeologists have excavated vast numbers of Egyptian mummies and many more remain to be discovered. Be amazed by the colourful paintings and inscriptions that adorn the coffins encasing the mummified bodies of ancient Egyptians.

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Egyptian city presents archaeological puzzle

How can a great city disappear? In the 13th century BCE, Rameses II, regarded by many as Egypt's greatest pharaoh, built the city of Pi-Rameses. Named after the pharaoh, the city vanished just two centuries later. In the 1920s, a French archaeologist found evidence of the lost city at Tanis in the Nile Delta, but this was ...

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Enigma of the pyramids

Built in the second and third millennia BCE, the pyramids of ancient Egypt are among the world's oldest structures made by humans. The Great Pyramid of pharaoh Khufu is the largest, being close to 150 metres high and made of almost 2.5 million gigantic stone blocks. Its construction is an amazing feat and we are still not ...