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Poker work 21st birthday key, 1930s

This is a large plywood model of a key for celebrating 21st birthdays. It consists of a long shaft, one side of which has a notched edge like a door key. The circular handle of the key has been carved out to reveal a leaf-capped number 21. The part of the shaft nearest the handle bears a design of coloured gum leaves and ...


Vivienne Grey cutting birthday cake at family party, Springvale, 1977

This is a colour photograph showing the Grey family in their home, Springvale. Paget, Margaret, Francis, Tony, Vivienne and the children's grandmother Margaret are celebrating Vivienne's tenth birthday. Birthday cards and the ABBA album 'Arrival' sit on the kitchen table, where Vivienne is cutting a cream-sponge birthday ...


First birthday celebration for Emily Mierisch, 1978

This is a photograph showing Emily Mierisch's first birthday party at the family home in Fitzroy. It is taken from the lounge room, looking into the kitchen. Emily is being held by her mother Christine, with her father Robert standing next to them. There is an orchid in full bloom behind them. Family members are in the ...


Boy with two birthday cakes, 1942

This is a sepia photograph of Kevin Greenhatch posing with two birthday cakes on his third birthday in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran in March 1942. He is dressed casually in overalls and stands near the side of a brick house, behind an overturned box on which the two cakes are sitting.


My Place - Episode 10: 1918: Bertie, On 'tick'

Bertie is trying to pay off the last shilling owing on his present for his brother Eddie who is returning home after serving in the First World War. Mr Watson, the store owner, will not advance him a loan. Bertie goes to the repatriation hospital to bring his mother (a nurse) fresh goat's milk, and shares jokes with his ...


My Place - Episode 10: 1918: Bertie, Impact of war

Evelyn, Bertie's sister, receives news of the death of Freddie Miller. Bertie laments the death of his father and Freddie; both killed in the war. He tells Sid, an Aboriginal soldier, about his plan to buy his brother Eddie a present on his return from the war and they devise a plan to raise the money to purchase the gift.


My Place - Episode 10: 1918: Bertie, Armistice

Eddie speaks with Bertie about how lucky he is to survive the war with only a leg missing. Sid arrives to tell of the Armistice that signals the end of the war. The community celebrates the end of war with music, dancing and games, but not everyone can be happy at this time.


My Place - Episode 11: 1908: Evelyn, Cracker night

Evelyn's family joins the other families in their community to celebrate cracker night with fireworks purchased from Mr Wong's Emporium.


Anzac Day promotional film, c1916

This film clip is an early cinema advertisement promoting Anzac Day. Silent black-and-white footage shows men in Australian Army uniforms moving through trenches surrounded by smoke. They carry guns and some of them are wearing gas masks. A title at the end says, 'A nation's manhood straining at its task - of carving ANZAC ...

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My Place - Episode 14: 1878: Henry, The Chinese dragon

The local population brings in the Chinese New Year with traditional celebrations. Henry and Franklin contribute to the proceedings by launching their lanterns.

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My Place - Episode 16: 1858: Benjamin, Cranberry sauce

Ben is obsessed with buying a turkey from the Owens for Thanksgiving Day in order to make his new residence feel more like home.

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Languages online: Indonesian section 27: saying the date

This set of nine interactive activities from the Languages online resource helps students practise saying and writing dates. The key language points addressed in the activities are asking and saying what the date is and the date of a particular occasion, including the language structure for talking about birthdays. In addition, ...

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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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Rosh Hashanah: the feast

Is there any day of the year when you and those in your community have a special meal, or feast? Australia has people from many countries, cultures and religions. That is why not all Australians have feast days on the same days. This clip explores the feast of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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Rosh Hashanah: synagogue and teachings

Have you ever attended a religious ceremony? Nearly all religions have their own special ceremonies for weddings, funerals and other special events. This clip explores the ceremonies that Jewish people have at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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Rosh Hashanah: Tashlikh

Have you ever done something that you thought was wrong? If so, what did you do about it? Most religions teach about what they see as right behaviour and wrong behaviour. Many of these religions expect or suggest that their followers who have done wrong to do certain things that will help them become better people. Explore ...

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What's your big event for the year? For over one billion people worldwide it is Ramadan, a month of prayer and fasting for Muslims. Find out the origin of Ramadan and how Muslims celebrate this month-long religious festival.

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Celebrating a new baby

Have you ever visited a new baby? Come along with Levi as he meets his baby sister for the first time. Find out why people get so excited when a new baby arrives. Find out how families let people know about a new baby.

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Celebrating a first birthday

Meet Samantha. It is Samantha's first birthday and her Vietnamese family is planning a very special celebration. Discover what happens at a Vietnamese first birthday celebration.

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The meaning of Anzac Day

Anzac Day means different things to different people. Five people, of varying ages, share their thoughts and feelings about Anzac Day. Some have actually served in wartime, while others have a close family member who has.