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Conscription referendums of 1916 and 1917

This collection of 25 resources focuses on the bitterly divisive conscription referendums of 1916 and 1917. It is organised in five categories - examining the issues and arguments; the pro-conscription case in film; 'Referendum bullets' - film shorts in favour of the Yes case; the No case; and anticonscription activists. ...

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Repatriation of First World War veterans

This collection of 15 digital curriculum resources focuses on Australia's First World War veterans returning home to civilian life. It is organised in six categories - soldiers filling in time before repatriation; welcome home; initial support for veterans; ongoing care of the war wounded; jobs for veterans; and soldier ...

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Australians and the Korean War

This collection of resources about Australian involvement in the Korean War is organised in three categories - the Australian air force in action; an Australian newsreel report of the situation in Korea; and ceasefire and the release of Australian prisoners. The collection features interviews and newsreel footage and gives ...

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Petrov affair

This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on the defections of Russian spies and Embassy officials Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov in 1954. It is organised in four categories - Vladimir Petrov's defection announced; scenes at Sydney airport; ensuring the Petrovs' safety in Australia; and the key political players ...

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Snowy Mountains Scheme in overview

This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on the 'big picture' of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. It is organised into three categories: overviews of the Scheme; maps and diagrams of the Scheme; and celebrating stages in the Scheme. The collection contains historic photographs, film footage and ...

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Horse power in urban Australia

This collection of 12 digital curriculum resources focuses on how horses were used in Australian cities and towns in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is organised into three categories - horses working in city streets; hauling and carting; and levelling and landscaping. The sketch, historical photographs and archival film ...

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Bombing of Darwin

Between February 1942 and November 1943, the Darwin area was bombed 64 times. This collection of resources focuses on these attacks and is divided into seven categories - the likelihood of an attack on Darwin; the first attack, on 19 February 1942; the exodus and its aftermath; after the first air raid; Japanese air crew ...

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Establishing Australia's national capital, 1899-1926

This collection of 21 digital curriculum resources focuses on the early establishment of Canberra. The collection is divided into five categories - deciding to build a new capital city; deciding on a site; deciding on a design; naming the national capital; and starting to build the national capital. It includes a textual ...

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The Australian navy in action

This collection of resources about the Australian navy is organised in six categories - destroying the Emden in 1914; training with torpedoes in the 1930s; the Second World War; the loss of HMAS Sydney in 1941; HMAS Canberra in harbour in 1941; and under fire in Darwin Harbour in 1942. The collection contains photographs, ...

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Gold rushes in New South Wales

This collection of 12 digital curriculum resources is organised in four categories - the first discovery of gold; Australia's first goldfield at Ophir; bringing the gold to Sydney; and goldfields in NSW, 1860-81. The collection includes paintings, sketches, artefacts and photographs. Its highlight is a set of lithographic ...

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Enlistment and recruitment in the First World War

This is a collection of nine resources focusing on the means used to increase enlistments during the First World War. In some views the collection is presented in six categories - enlistment posters, recruitment films, tours, parades, pressure to enlist, and enlistment and recruitment overall. It includes photographs, telemovie ...

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Washing, sorting and baling wool

This is a collection of resources about work in and around the woolshed, focusing on work other than shearing. In some views the collection is presented in five categories - washing wool; sorting, rolling and classing wool; baling wool; counting out sheep; and the woolshed in full operation. It contains historical photographs; ...

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Shearing

This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on shearers and shearing. In some views the collection is organised into four categories - shearers in action, shearers and Australian identity, shearing sheds and shearing shed interiors. The collection includes watercolours, photographs, a colonial song about a shearer, ...

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Drovers

This collection of eight digital curriculum resources focuses on the work of drovers in herding cattle and sheep over long distances in 19th- and 20th-century Australia. It is organised into two categories: at work; and the drover's life. The collection contains paintings, photographs and film footage, including footage ...

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Shepherds

This collection of nine digital curriculum resources focuses on the work of shepherds in 19th-century Australia before the introduction of fenced paddocks made their job redundant. The collection is organised into six categories: watching the flock by day; moving sheep into the fold for the night; huts and watchboxes; caring ...

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Transportation by bullock team

This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on the use of bullocks for transporting heavy loads in 19th- and 20th-century Australia. It is organised into six categories: in action on film; hauling timber; 'bringing down' the wool; on the farm and on the road; idealised in art; and an early mechanised alternative. ...

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Overland Telegraph Line

The construction of the Overland Telegraph Line 1871-72 was the first truly national development project in Australia. This collection of nine digital curriculum resources focuses on three aspects: building the Overland Telegraph Line; the people who brought the project to fruition; and how the Overland Telegraph Line connected ...

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Sending a telegram

Sending a telegram was the main form of rapid long-distance communication in Australia until well after the Second World War. This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on three aspects - telegraphists at work; the 'telegram boy'; and telegrams for special occasions. The collection includes historical photographs, ...

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Betty Campbell joins the Women's Land Army

This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources chronicles the experiences of Betty Campbell, who joined the Australian Women's Land Army as an 18-year-old from the city during the Second World War. The collection is organised around eight of Campbell's postings - four in the field and four on the staff - from 1942 to ...

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Communicating by telephone in the past

This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on the telephone in Australia, a means of mass communication dating back to the first call made in Melbourne in the late 1870s. The collection is organised into five categories - telephones in business; role of telephonists in exchanges; telephones in the home; using ...