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Ancient Egypt: secrets of the sands

Imagine descending into the depths of a tomb that was built thousands of years ago by the people of one the world's oldest and most fascinating civilisations. Join Jennifer Byrne as she visits ancient sites on Egypt's Giza Plateau to discover how and why the history of ancient Egypt is being constantly rewritten.

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New arrivals to Australia

What is it like for refugees arriving in Australia today? Here we find out about the experience of the Williams family, who fled the African nation of Liberia to seek asylum (safe haven) in Australia. They now have access to a different lifestyle and opportunities. How are they finding their first three weeks in the new country?

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British immigrants welcomed to Sydney

After World War II, many British families migrated to Australia in search of a better life. The Australian Government also introduced a scheme for the migration to Australia of very poor or orphaned children. Influenced by the 'White Australia policy', Australia preferred British immigrants rather than people from other ...

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Federation explained

On 1 January 1901 New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria officially joined together to make one country: the Commonwealth of Australia. Before this, they had each been separate British colonies and operated like individual countries. Watch this clip and find out why the colonies ...

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Federation

Did you know that Australia as a federated nation is only about 115 years old? Before federation, Australia's states and territories each had its own laws and even its own army! Watch this clip to find out how, why and when Australia became a federation.

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Twelve canoes: the Macassans

This is a rich resource about the centuries-long trading contact between the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land and Macassans from Sulawesi in what today is Indonesia. Its centrepiece is a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller describing when the Macassans came, what they came for, the trade goods they brought, ...

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Australian History Timeline

This is a multilayered website featuring an interactive historical timeline of Australia divided into decades post 1770s, as well as a section on pre 1770s Indigenous and non-Indigenous history. The home page is made of images and timeline dates that hyperlink to further information on each decade. Each decade has links ...

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Yarra Healing: Birrarung (Yarra River)

This is a video of Wurundjeri Elder Joy Murphy-Wandin describing the economic and ceremonial significance of Birrarung, the Yarra River, for the Wurundjeri people of Victoria. She speaks of the people’s territory, which includes the inner city of Melbourne and extends north of the Great Dividing Ranges, east to Mt Baw Baw, ...

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Commonwealth Games

Who are the members of the Commonwealth? This clip focuses on the celebration of the Commonwealth Games, explaining why the Games are held regularly and why certain countries take part while others do not.

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Rosh Hashanah: what does it mean?

Is New Year's Day, 1 January, special to you, or do you celebrate the new year at a different time? For Jewish people all around the world the new year is celebrated for two days that fall between early September and early October. Explore why the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is so important for people of the Jewish faith.

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Race of the navigators

Discover why two explorers during the early 1800s raced each other to the other side of the world. This clip explains why explorers Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders raced across the world to investigate 'New Holland', now known as Australia.

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Commonwealth Games

Who are the members of the Commonwealth? This clip focuses on the celebration of the Commonwealth Games, explaining why the Games are held regularly and why certain countries take part while others do not.

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Happy name-day, Greek style, in1988

Many people celebrate their birthday each year. For people from some countries, their name-day is also a very important celebration. This clip from 1988 shows people from Greece celebrating a name day with traditional music, dancing and special foods.

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Festive feasts: foods for Christmas in 1983

Australians serve many different foods at Christmas time, and this often depends on where their families have come from. This clip from 1983 shows an English Christmas roast dinner and food for a traditional Italian Christmas feast. Do you eat any special foods at this time of year?

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Festivals of colour and light in India

India is home to some of the world's brightest festivals. In this video, enjoy the Hindu celebrations of Holi, the festival of colours, and Diwali, the festival of lights.

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Celebrating democracy at the Eureka museum

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka is situated on the site of the Eureka stockade of 1854. Although the clash between the miners and the authorities was violent and some people were killed, the rebellion was successful in bringing about changes the miners were fighting for. Do you know what caused the Eureka stockade? ...

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First Fleet

Did you know that when the British colonised Australia, they established a penal colony? Captain Arthur Phillip brought the first group of prisoners to Sydney in 1787 on the First Fleet. Watch this clip to find out the stories of some of these convicts.

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Eureka Stockade

The Battle of the Eureka Stockade was fought in Ballarat, Victoria between gold miners and Colonial forces in 1854. What were the miners rebelling against? Why is this event a significant point in Australia's history?

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Yarra Healing: Wathaurong people

This is a video of Trevor Edwards, Chairperson of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative in Geelong, speaking about Wathaurong territory and cultural heritage. He describes: his own background as a clan member and custodian of Country; the extent of the Wathaurong people’s territory along the Victorian coastline from the ...

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...