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Celebrations and Commemorations

This teaching and learning sequence has a focus on Australian celebrations and commemorations to coincide with the actual dates of the various significant celebrations and commemorations in Australia, culminating in a student-led inquiry on global celebrations.

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Australia Day Celebrations

This inquiry unit explores the various events held across the nation to mark Australia Day including personal and public events, celebrations and commemorations. Working in groups, students consider the roles of the Australian of the Year Awards, Citizenship Ceremonies, Australian Citizenship Affirmation and the meaning ...

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Queen's Arch constructed for Federation celebrations in Melbourne 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereoscope of the Queen's Arch, one of several decorative arches erected in Melbourne for the Federation celebrations in May 1901. It was on the crest of the hill spanning the intersection of Collins and Russell streets.

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Municipal Arch, Federation celebrations, Melbourne 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the Municipal Arch, Princes Bridge, constructed as part of the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901. In the image a horse and buggy is being driven towards us. This view from the south shows the prow of a galley ship, the Ship of State, in the centre of the ...

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Book Binders float, Federation celebrations, Melbourne, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the Book Binders float in the Trades procession, part of the Federation celebrations in Melbourne. In this image, which was taken in Collins Street on 11 May 1901, over the heads of the crowd can be seen four white horses pulling a wooden-wheeled wagon. The wagon has ...

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Fountain Arch constructed for Melbourne's Federation celebrations, May 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the pedestrian crowd in front of the Fountain Arch at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth streets in Melbourne.The photograph was taken in May 1901 when Melbourne was celebrating Federation. Beneath the arch is a fairy dell of flowers and ferns and a pond with a fountain ...

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Royal yacht Ophir, Federation celebrations, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the royal yacht Ophir anchored in Port Phillp Bay with a longboat in the foreground. The Ophir conveyed the royal visitors, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, to the Federation celebrations in Melbourne in May 1901.

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'Resolution' and 'Adventure' medal

This is a bronze medal that was made for distribution during Captain James Cook's second voyage to the Pacific. The principal side depicts the King's head with the script 'GEORGE III KING OF GREAT BRITAIN FRANCE AND IRELAND ETC' around the edge. On the other side, the ships 'Resolution' and 'Adventure' are shown and named, ...

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Crowd scene at Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting crowds in Swanston Street during the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901. A cable tram is travelling under the Chinese arch in the background.

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King's Arch constructed for Federation celebrations in Melbourne, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the King's Arch in Swanston Street, Melbourne, erected for the Federation celebrations in May 1901.

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Exhibition Building illuminated for the Federation celebrations, Melbourne 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the illuminated Exhibition Building at night during the Federation celebrations in Melbourne in May 1901. Ten thousand lights outlined the Exhibition Building when this image was taken. The upper lights were white, and the lower lights ruby red. They are reflected in ...

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Pastry Cook's Union float at the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the Pastry Cooks' Union float in the Trades procession, an event in Melbourne's Federation celebrations that ook place on 11 May 1901.

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'Celebrations 2001' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Sydney artist Martin Sharp. The background colour is blue, with gold borders on the top and bottom, and small gold panels enclosing red text. In the centre is a large red map of Australia with the word 'Eternity' in handwriting inside. Written across the panel is the complete quotation: ...

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'The 150th anniversary celebrations invite Kodak snapshots' poster, 1938

This is a colour poster from 1938 that promotes a competition for photographs taken with Kodak cameras during Australia's 150th anniversary celebrations. The competition offers £55 in prizes. The poster's slogan appears against a background illustration featuring a number of national flags, including the Australian and ...

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Father Christmas and sleigh decoration, c1950s

This is a plastic Father Christmas and sleigh decoration used by Bill Boyd in the 1950s.

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What's Australia Day all about?

Do you know why we have a public holiday on 26 January - Australia Day? In this clip from Behind the News, investigate different perspectives on this national holiday and find out how people commemorate it.

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Invitation to the Royal Review at Flemington Racecourse, 1901

This is a brightly coloured invitation issued by the Government of Victoria. The invitation '...requests the honour of the presence of / Mr and Mrs I. L. Menzies / AT THE / ROYAL REVIEW / at Flemington on Friday / the 10th of May 1901'. Around the perimeter are six black-and-white photographs, including portraits of the ...

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A special day for Buddhists

Watch this clip to learn about a Buddhist festival called Vesak (or Buddha Purnima). It's a special day that commemorates the Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. Vesak is celebrated on the day of the full moon in May and in India it's a public holiday. How is Vesak day celebrated? Do some research and find out ...

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Black-and-white stereograph of American and Russian warships, 1901

This glass plate negative stereograph depicts an American and a Russian warship at Railway Pier, Port Melbourne, for the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901.

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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.