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Fire Guardians, 1932: A fire emergency

This black-and-white clip from 1932 shows a re-creation of the New South Wales Fire Brigade fighting a large fire and then returning home. The firefighters train their hoses high. They are filmed from different vantage points within the burning shell of the building. Music swells as the firemen, seemingly unaffected by ...

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What a disaster - unit of work

Students investigate and explain how the landscape is shaped by nature, and the difference between a 'harmless' event and one that is termed a 'disaster'. They investigate the cause and effects of a particular phenomenon and offer an explanation of these. They also develop advertising materials for implementing emergency ...

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Dennis Tamini fire truck, 1932

This is a Dennis Tamini fire truck with a four-cylinder overhead-valve engine, made by Dennis Bros, England, in 1932. The exterior of the truck is painted red with gold trim decoration. The front of the truck comprises a box-shaped grille with a pair of circular fog lights and arching wheel covers. On either side are a ...

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Australian surfboat used by North Curl Curl lifesavers, 1972

This is a single-ender surfboat, the Nola Hubbard, constructed in 1972 in New South Wales and used by the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club. It is made of cedar, silver ash and plywood, and has a brass keel band. The unused oars shown here are stored on top of four wooden bench seats. The name has been painted in yellow ...

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'Sycamore Civil and Military Helicopter' booklet, 1956

This is an illustrated 20-page booklet produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1956 to promote the Sycamore helicopter, one of the earliest commercially successful British helicopter designs. Instructional diagrams and mostly black-and-white photographs are included, and some colour is used in both text and illustrations.

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Man digging air-raid shelter in backyard, Auburn, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph of a man using a shovel to dig an air-raid shelter in the backyard of a family house in Auburn, Melbourne, during the Second World War. The hole the man is working on is to be lined with wood. A wooden frame is constructed above the hole.

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Letter to Flight Lieutenant Graham Conning from Corporal Alan Jenkins, 15 July 1945

This is a five-page letter, handwritten in ink on Japanese tissue paper ruled with red lines. Each page is landscape format and has a bold, red border with two kanji characters (Japanese script) printed in red at left above and three below. Each sheet measures 18 cm long x 25.2 cm wide.

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Beechcraft Queenair B80 air ambulance, 1966

This twin-engine aircraft was the first official air ambulance to operate in NSW. It was built by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of the USA in 1966.

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Lessons from Cyclone Yasi help future planning

Cyclone Yasi tore through Queensland's Cassowary Coast in 2011. As the largest cyclone to hit the region, it left towns like Tully and Mission Beach with a massive reconstruction task. Recently, the focus of local communities has turned to reducing their vulnerability to future cyclone events. This clip looks at the lessons ...

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Aftermath of a typhoon: a child's view

Listen as a boy from the Philippines reports on the effects of a typhoon on his country and its people. While the level of devastation might at first seem overwhelming, our young reporter manages to find hope for those who were lucky enough to survive.

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Surfies, clubbies and a changing way of life

What effect did the rise of surfboard riding and its accompanying surf culture have on surf lifesaving? In the early 1960s, surf lifesaving was regarded as a model of the values that underpin the Australian way of life. This clip from 1964 explores the collision between the new surf culture and the traditions of the surf ...

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Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub: Australian disasters

This is a curated collection of articles, photographs and internet links related to natural, technological and human-caused events including bushfires, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, shipwrecks, urban fires, chemical and industrial events in Australia. Events included have posed a serious threat to a community or property ...

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Community project helps Grantham recover

The small town of Grantham suffered severe damage after being hit by flash flooding during Queensland's 2010-11 floods. The Grantham Butter Factory played an important role in the immediate aftermath of the flood. Watch this clip to find out how it helped the community through the disaster and has since been restored and ...

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A Big Country - The Drover, 1981: The long paddock

This clip shows drover Jack Tawney on horseback as he and another drover move a large mob of sheep along a travelling stock route in the Australian outback. Music accompanies Tawney's voice-over in the opening scene of drovers at work. Tawney is interviewed by ABC reporter Stewart McLennan (not shown on camera) while casually ...

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The Squatter's Daughter, 1933: Shearing and plotting

This clip shows a real shearing operation taking place at a large sheep station in New South Wales as a backdrop for the 1933 feature film 'The Squatter's Daughter'. Dogs help herd a large mob of sheep into a holding yard, then to pens inside a large woolshed. While a team of shearers and helpers attend to the sheep, two ...

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Aboriginal guides in the Thornycroft expedition, 1929

This is a black-and-white photograph showing four Aboriginal stockmen standing in front of a small plane in the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory in May 1929. Two have a hand on the single propeller of the plane, which was named Kookaburra. The four, identified as Bob, Tommy, Hughie and Jack, are guides who had joined ...

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Thrill of the Surf, 1949: Surfing, a national sport

This black-and-white clip shows surfing on Sydney's Bondi Beach in 1949 and includes scenes of surfboard building, surfers riding the waves towards the shore on the long surfboards popular at the time, surf ski riders and a rescue by surf-lifeguards. Final footage includes close-up action shots filmed alongside riders in ...

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Frederick Simpson Dyer home movie - Milkshakes and Bomb Shelter, c1940

This black-and-white silent clip from an Australian home movie shows three small children entering and leaving a suburban backyard bomb shelter. They enter the shelter down some steps, look through an opening in the top and come back out. The shelter appears to be made of timber, hessian bags and corrugated iron, with earth ...

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Squatters on their 'run'

This collection of 24 images focuses on the experiences of three squatters, Duncan Cooper and George and Harry Thomson, who occupied land in western Victoria from 1842 to 1853. The collection is organised into five sections - squatters occupying a 'run' at Challicum; establishing the home station; lambing stations and outstations; ...

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Washing, sorting and baling wool

This is a collection of resources about work in and around the woolshed, focusing on work other than shearing. In some views the collection is presented in five categories - washing wool; sorting, rolling and classing wool; baling wool; counting out sheep; and the woolshed in full operation. It contains historical photographs; ...