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Ben Chifley: the aftermath of the miners' strike, 2008

This clip is an excerpt from the documentary 'Infamous victory: Ben Chifley's battle for coal', produced in 2008. This documentary about coal, communism and the Australian Labor prime minister who went to war against his own during the national miners' strike is a Screen Australia Making History production, made in association ...

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William Wentworth: 'currency lad', 2009

This video clip focuses on William Wentworth, the colonial-born son of a convict, destined to become a loud charismatic press baron, publicist, barrister and patriot. 'William Wentworth: "currency lad"' is an excerpt from the documentary 'Rites of Passage' - the second episode of the two-part series entitled 'Rogue Nation' ...

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The Australian Parliament

This website resource is a teacher reference about the Australian Parliament, its constituent parts and how it works. It describes in general terms the movement towards Federation then looks at the symbols and emblems subsequently adopted by the Commonwealth of Australia. The resource includes a list of the democratic rights ...

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'Federation' dress and sash, 1901

This is a woman's 'Federation' dress and sash, made of painted silk and cotton, worn by Margaret Chisholm to a Federation Ball in 1901. It consists of a a bodice, skirt and sash. The bodice features a Union Jack pattern in silk and the cotton skirt is painted with an early version of the Australian coat of arms and the ...

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Margaret Chisholm wearing a Federation dress, 1890-1901

This is a hand-tinted photograph mounted on heavy card showing Margaret Chisholm wearing her Federation dress. The photo was taken at some stage between 1890 and 1901. Her hair is ornamented with a small flag and she carries a riding whip in her right hand. She leans with her left hand against what appears to be a table ...

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Invitation to a reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, 1901

This a highly coloured invitation to a reception to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. The invitiation states: 'His Majesty's / MINISTERS OF STATE FOR AUSTRALIA / have the honor to invite / Mr and Mrs Anthony Clota / to an Evening Reception at the / Exhibition Building MELBOURNE, / on the 9th of May 1901, at ...

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Liberal Party Cinema Advertisement: 'The golden age', 1946

This is a cinema advertisement for the Liberal Party made for the election campaign of 1946. The advertisement uses footage of flocks of sheep and horses ploughing the land and of working factories to present a view of a young, fertile and vigorous Australia exporting its surplus to other countries. The advertisement contrasts ...

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Federal Convention, 1897 - item 2

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken inside the chamber of the House of Assembly of the South Australian Parliament, of delegates attending a session of the Australasian Federal Convention. The delegates are assembled on either side of the high-walled chamber. This is one of about 25 photographs, 21 cm x 25 cm or ...

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ALP cinema advertisement: 'In the Wake of the Storm', 1946

This is a cinema advertisement for the Australian Labor Party, made for the election campaign of 1946. The advertisement presents Prime Minister Ben Chifley as the man who can steer Australia through the dangers of inflation to prosperity. Reminding viewers of Labor's leadership in the Second World War, the clip shows dramatic ...

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Liberal Party Cinema Advertisement: 'The house that you built', 1949

This black-and-white cinema advertisement for the 1949 federal election was made for the Liberal Party of Australia. The advertisement opens with soft background music accompanying footage of (the former) Parliament House and a narrator telling viewers that the parliament was built by their fathers as a symbol of democracy ...

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Talkback Classroom, 2007: Yirrkala bark petition

In this clip Franchesca Cubillo (senior curator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory) talks to secondary students about the significance of Aboriginal artwork and the Yirrkala bark petition of 1963. She says that when a bauxite mine was proposed on the Gove Pensinsula, the Yolngu people at Yirrkala had ...

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Australia's 1967 Referendum

Why have the results of the 1967 Referendum had a lasting symbolic significance? Civil rights activist Faith Bandler describes a long and well-organised struggle for the referendum and the reasons for it. Find out what percentage of Australians voted to alter the Constitution so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ...

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Empowering women in Malawi

When Nolia Jere's husband died, she was forced to leave her children, home and farm to her husband's family. After refusing to marry her husband's brother, Nolia had no status, and was forced into poverty and being a servant for her brother's family. See how she was able to address injustice after participating in Action ...

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Federal Convention, 1897 - item 1

This is a large black-and-white photograph taken on 29 March 1897 of the 50 delegates (and the clerk of the South Australian Parliaments) who took part in the first session of the Australasian Federal Convention held in Adelaide from 22 March to 23 April. The delegates represent five of the six Australian colonies. The ...

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Rogue nation, 2009: Democracy and the colony of NSW

This clip is an excerpt from the 2009 documentary 'Honour among thieves', the first of a two-part television series entitled 'Rogue nation'. In a dramatised re-enactment, British Commissioner John Thomas Bigge investigates the colony of NSW in 1819. He is advised by John Macarthur, a member of the 'exclusives' class of ...

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Australia's heritage, 2009: Wattie Creek

'Wattie Creek' is an episode from the series 'Australia's heritage - national treasures with Chris Taylor', produced in 2009. In the clip, Taylor talks about the Wave Hill walk-off. He asks the viewer to imagine being asked to work for little or no money while being given only flour, sugar and tea for food, and only a tin ...

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Inauguration of the Commonwealth, 1901: Signing oath of allegiance

This silent, black-and-white clip shows the ceremony at Centennial Park in Sydney where the Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed on 1 January 1901. It shows Governor-General John Adrian Louis Hope, seventh Earl of Hopetoun, being greeted by caretaker Prime Minister Edmund Barton and the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, ...

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'Federated Australia' drawing, 1900

This is a black-and-white pen-and-ink drawing by H Cotton of the New South Wales politician Sir Henry Parkes holding back a curtain to reveal a woman standing on an outline of Australia. Underneath her are the words: 'FEDERATED AUSTRALIA'. She is holding the 'Federation flag', waving above a rising sun on the horizon. At ...

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'A military argument for federation', 1889

This composite image shows a cartoon of Major General Edwards presenting his report on Australia's national defence, symbolised by a large cannon, to caricatured figures representing the Australian colonies, most of whom appear to be carrying boomerangs. Words on the boomerangs indicate the problems facing acceptance of ...

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Letter from prime minister Andrew Fisher to Hugh Victor McKay, 1911

This is a letter from Andrew Fisher, then prime minister of Australia, to Hugh Victor McKay, owner of the Sunshine Harvester Works, dated 24 February 1911. The letter concerns the 1911 strike at the Works over compulsory trade unionism. Fisher writes: 'I should like to meet you in reference to the harvester industrial dispute. ...