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Dorothy Griffin: great Australian women

Help an editor to produce a series of magazine issues about outstanding Australian women such as Dame Nellie Melba and Edith Cowan. Choose from a shortlist of women well known in these fields: writing, the arts, business, social reform and 'firsts'. Review and compare historical material, including photographs. Summarise ...

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New homes

After World War II, the Australian Government actively encouraged displaced persons to migrate from Europe. Look at a world map showing the journeys taken by two women from Europe to their new homes in Australia. Explore each woman's collection of personal belongings and links to their backgrounds: circumstances of leaving, ...

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The first golden age of cricket

Look at a map showing how the British Empire has influenced where cricket is now played. Find out about people that first helped Australia to become a great cricketing nation. Look inside lockers in a sports change room from the 1930s. Examine sporting equipment, photographs and archival footage. Look at women and Aboriginal ...

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Discovering democracy: men and women in political life

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore some Australian men and women who have influenced the political landscape of Australia, both as elected representatives and as political leaders outside parliament. Complete a related task.

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Discovering democracy: what sort of nation?

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore what has influenced the sort of nation Australia is and how it has changed over time. Complete a related task.

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Former Northern Territory chief minister Clare Martin, 2007

This is a colour portrait photograph depicting former chief minister of the Northern Territory Clare Martin. She is sitting with her elbows resting on a hard surface and her chin resting against her clasped hands. Light from the left-hand side illuminates her face and hands. She wears a formal jacket and glasses.

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Australian writer Colleen McCullough, 1990

This is an informal colour photograph depicting Australian author Colleen McCullough in her Norfolk Island home, removing a book from one of two bookshelves that she is standing between.

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Twentieth-century representations of women - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how the teaching of visual literacy took place within a unit exploring the representation of women in magazines across the twentieth century. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Drawing of Caroline Chisholm

This is a black-and-white drawing of the 19th-century humanitarian and social reformer Caroline Chisholm, shown sitting in front of a covered table reading some papers, with a quill pen and books to the right. On the wall behind is a partial drawing of what may be a sea chart or map. Chisholm has been drawn wearing a dark-coloured ...

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Wolf Klaphake, enemy alien, 1941

This one-page report is part of a series of official documents concerning Wolf Klaphake, a German national who was classed as an enemy alien and held in an internment camp in Australia from 1940 to 1944. The report is addressed to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Eastern Command and is headed 'National Security (Aliens ...

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Queen Elizabeth I rallying her troops at Tilbury, 1588

This is a black-and-white illustration (probably 19th century) depicting an event during the Spanish Armada crisis in 1588, entitled 'Queen Elizabeth rallying her troops at Tilbury'. Dressed in a full-length gown and plumed headdress, Queen Elizabeth I is shown riding side-saddle on a horse that is rearing slightly as she ...

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Arrival of Amy Johnson in Brisbane

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of Amy Johnson arriving at Eagle Farm, Brisbane, in May 1930. It shows crowds waving, her Gypsy Moth biplane and dignitaries welcoming her. This excerpt comes from the newsreel film entitled 'The arrival of Miss Amy Johnson in Brisbane'.

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The search for Miss Australia 1927

This is a still image from a damaged documentary film 'The search for Miss Australia 1927', which was made to promote entries to the quest. It shows five smiling young beauty contestants dressed in bathing costumes and high-heeled shoes, holding large name cards in front of them. Miss Beryl Mills, second from the right ...

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Female swimmers at Kenny's Baths, 1917

This is a clip of a group of women bathers at Kenny's Baths near St Kilda, Melbourne, in 1917. They are shown standing in rows on steps leading down from wooden change areas. The clip is from a segment in a black-and-white silent newsreel and is introduced by the title 'Melbourne Sunday Morning Scenes at St. Kilda Continental ...

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A female swimmer at Kenny's Baths

This is a clip of a young woman in a bathing costume sitting on a deep water pile at Kenny's Baths near St Kilda, Melbourne, in 1917, with a pre-adolescent girl standing behind her. The clip is taken from a segment in a black-and-white silent newsreel introduced by the title, not shown in this clip, 'Melbourne Sunday Morning ...

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Irrigating beans in 1943 - asset 2

This is a small (82 mm x 58 mm) posed black-and-white photograph showing four women of the Australian Women's Land Army, sitting on or leaning against an unused wooden wagon, taking a break in their work of irrigating a bean crop near Bathurst, New South Wales, in early 1943. The photograph was taken with a Kodak Brownie ...

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Wearing the new summer uniform

This is a small (58 mm x 82 mm) black-and-white photograph showing three members of the Australian Women's Land Army standing in a doorway at The Mount (now Abercrombie House) in Bathurst, New South Wales. The photograph was taken with a Kodak Brownie camera belonging to Betty Campbell (now Horne) in early 1943 during the ...

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Young women in a Sydney street in 1943

This is a posed black-and-white photograph taken by a street photographer in Sydney, New South Wales, in autumn 1943. It shows Betty Campbell (now Horne) and Joyce Harrison, members of the Australian Women's Land Army, and Campbell's friend, Nancy Wilkinson. On the back of the photograph are two pencil notations: 'Wilkinson ...

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The judging of Miss Australia 1926

This is a still image from the silent era documentary film, 'The search for Miss Australia 1927'. It shows one of the entrants in the 1926 competition, Ivy MacKay, in a swimsuit, making a dramatic gesture in her appearance on stage in front of the seven judges of the Miss Australia Quest competition.

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Miss Pacific finalists at Bondi in 1952

This is a hand-coloured photograph of the three finalists in a 'Miss Pacific' contest, held over several weeks on Bondi beach, Sydney, early in 1952. They are standing in front of surf boards. From left to right, they are: Pamela Jansen, Mary Clifton Smith and Judy Worrad. The contest was promoted by the popular weekly ...