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Cannon from the 'Endeavour'

This is an iron cannon, dating from around 1750, which was one of ten cannon installed on His Majesty's Barque 'Endeavour', commanded by Lieutenant James Cook.

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'Hut door', 1850s

This is a circular pencil drawing on coloured scraper board, measuring 22.7 cm in diameter. It was drawn in the 1850s by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80). It depicts a European family of mother, father and small daughter interacting with an elderly Indigenous Australian man and two Indigenous children in front of the door of ...

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Three Indigenous Australians, c1850

This is a watercolour painted by Samuel Gill in about 1850, entitled 'Two natives and child by a creek'. The painting, which measures 10 cm x 12 cm, is also known as 'Aborigine with barbed spear'. The location is unidentified. The image shows three Indigenous Australians - a man, a woman, and a child aged about three. All ...

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Betty Guard's comb, c1830

This is a broken tortoiseshell hair comb with an extraordinary history. It was made around 1830 and belonged to Betty Guard (1814-70), an early European settler in New Zealand. It has a half-round shape and the remains of broken teeth. It measures 11.0 cm by 8.5 cm.

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Rock painting, Carnarvon Gorge, 1938 - item 1 of 2

This sepia photograph of an Indigenous rock painting shows several stencilled hands and what appear to be boomerangs. In some of the images three fingers and thumb are prominent and in the central image the little finger is bent. The images appear to be well preserved. The photograph was taken in 1938 at Carnarvon Gorge ...

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Rock painting, Carnarvon Gorge, 1938 - item 2 of 2

This 1938 sepia photograph of a large Indigenous rock painting displays many stencilled hands, boomerangs, coolamons and a net-like shape, possibly representing a cycad, on a cliff wall in Carnarvon Gorge in central Queensland. A large rock near the wall shows some engraved art. The photograph was taken during the second ...

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Distribution of blankets to Indigenous people in Brisbane, 1863

This pen-and-wash sketch, dated 24 May 1863, shows the distribution of blankets to Indigenous men and women in Brisbane, Queensland. A group of Indigenous people, mostly men, are waiting in line or sitting off to the side as police distribute blankets in front of the Police Magistrate's Court. There appear to be two mounted ...

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Travels in Indonesia: souvenir shop

Find a souvenir shop in an Indonesian town. Choose craft items such as a traditional rug, porcelain bowl and pottery jug. Talk with a sales person and a local customer. Use cultural knowledge to ask and answer questions politely. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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Rainforest shield, c1890s

This is a wooden shield from the Aboriginal people of the rainforest region of north-eastern Queensland. Known as a 'rainforest shield', it is painted yellow, red, white and black using natural pigments. Collected in the 1890s, it is 96 cm long x 37 cm wide.

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Stone axes and picks, early 1900s

This is an image showing six stone axes and picks made by people of the Warumungu and Tjingali groups near Tennant Creek in central Northern Territory. On average, the axes are 50 cm long and 20 cm wide, while the picks are 40 cm long and 25 cm wide.

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Australia and Asia working cross-culturally

In this learning sequence students will explore what’s happening in the Asian region in terms of their interests and possible career goals. Students will investigate case studies and personal stories of Australian and Asian professional connections and explore how schools can best prepare students for a successful career ...

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British rule in India

Can one society impose its will on another without unintended and unwanted consequences? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen from the University of NSW discusses changes that British rule created in 19th century India. While some of these changes benefited Indian society, others created lasting ...

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Pandanus baskets, 1912-13

These are four conical pandanus baskets from western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. All are painted with natural pigments and date from 1912-13. They are between 43 cm and 76 cm high and their diameters range from 14 cm to 24 cm.

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Bound for South Australia 1836: Aboriginal inhabitants

This section of the website 'Bound for South Australia 1836' contains a brief account written by a 21st-century historian about the Aboriginal peoples connected to country that became part of the province of South Australia. The text describes the British government's efforts to protect the rights of the local people, their ...

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'The White Australia question' by E W Cole, 1903

This is the cover of a book titled 'The White Australia question', written by Edward William Cole and published by his business Cole's Book Arcade in 1903. It comprises approximately 132 thin paper pages, plus several thicker glossy pages with illustrations and photographs. The pages are bound between two thick boards covered ...

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Unscrambling acronyms – Australia-Japan relations

This learning sequence explores significant international relations between Australia and Japan as understood through a collection of major treaties, organisations and rulings. After unscrambling the acronyms, students take on the role of an historian to offer a considered understanding of the continuity and change evidenced ...

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Difference Differently: getting to know others

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore the benefits and challenges of interacting with people from different cultural, religious and/or social backgrounds. It looks at cross-cultural communication and the challenges that can occur when people from different backgrounds interact. It ...

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John Thomson's China I: illustrations of China and its people, photo albums, 1873-74 - essay by Allen Hockley

This is a collection of online materials focusing on the photographs taken by Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) during his travels throughout China from 1868 to 1872. The materials centre on a richly illustrated essay by Allen Hockley about Thomson and his views of China. Linked to various sections of the essay ...

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John Thomson's China III: illustrations of China and its people, photo albums, 1873-74 - albums and galleries

This is a collection showing the contents of all four volumes of 'Illustrations of China and its people' by Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921). The volumes present 200 of the photographs he took when travelling throughout China between 1868 and 1872, and include the introduction and captions he prepared for ...

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Trouble over turtles

Hear a passage from Lieutenant James Cook's 'Endeavour' journal read aloud. In this entry for 19 July 1770, relations between the British visitors and the local Aboriginal people are strained. The Guugu Yimithirr people appear to object to the British visitors hunting turtles in the waters of their home. This audio clip ...