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Ken Burns on historical documentaries

How can TV documentaries help us to understand the past? Ken Burns is a highly regarded American television documentary maker. He has made outstanding historical documentaries on such topics as the American Civil War, baseball, jazz and the 1930s Depression. In this 2004 ABC Words program, Burns speaks to James Griffin ...

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Baudin arrives in New Holland

Imagine the excitement of Nicolas Baudin and his scientists when they reach 'New Holland'. After seven months at sea they can finally explore this strange new land. This clip describes the thrill and the tragedy of Baudin's first days in 'New Holland'.

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Tragic consequences of Japan's modernisation

Japan went through a remarkable transformation between 1868 and the death of the Emperor Meiji in 1912. But Japan's modernisation was accompanied by its rise as an imperialist power, with tragic results. Watch this clip to learn about the consequences of Japan's dream of empire. This clip is last in a series of six.

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Wedding cake survives World War I

When studying history, how useful are primary sources? For example, we may know from secondary sources how valued personal effects and mementos were to soldiers fighting in trenches overseas during World War I. What is the effect of having something like this wedding cake, a primary source, to validate this proposition?

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Laptop wraps: historical investigation

This resource for teachers and students is about how to plan a historical investigation. It provides a series of tasks for students to undertake when developing a proposal for a historical investigation, including using computer programs to aid the development of their proposal and seeking feedback and input on their proposals ...

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A soldier's war: Gallipoli

This Stage 5 resource looks at the Gallipoli campaign through the eyes of soldiers, nurses and the media. Students examine their diaries and letters as well as considering the nature of the warfare and the tactics involved before producing a documentary of the campaign. The resource will support the introduction of the ...

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Charles Bean's war

This Stage 5 resource supports the introduction of the new history syllabus and dovetails with the World War I Centenary commemorative events and publications. The resource encourages students to think about the motives, controls and restrictions that affected Charles Bean's different representations of Australia's role ...

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Sedge hunting baskets, 1936, 1980s

These are four hunting baskets from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. All are made from sedge grass. The top bag on the left and the two at the bottom were made in the late 1980s, while the bag on the top right-hand side was collected in 1936. The oldest bag is 113.5 cm high, 51 cm wide and 28 cm in diameter. The other ...

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Indigenous shell forehead band from the Cooktown area, pre-1905

This is an Indigenous shell forehead band made from 59 rectangular pieces of nautilus shell, each with a centrally drilled hole. The shell pieces are threaded onto a double strand of handspun bark-fibre string. A strand of red plant fibre has been wound around the part of the string that would touch the skin. The total ...

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Australia in 1846 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Australia, published c1846, showing early colonies and the borders of the colony of South Australia. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure ...

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Brisbane 1874 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Brisbane, published c1874, showing its condition 50 years after its establishment, including early government buildings and other public facilities such as schools, hospitals and gardens. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can ...

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British Imperial Federation map of the world 1889 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the world, published c1889, showing the British Empire and its possessions at the time, including Australia. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to ...

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Commonwealth of Australia 1908 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Australia, published in 1908, showing the borders of the new Australian states in very close to their modern-day configurations. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students ...

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Darwin 1942 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map of Darwin published in Toyko during World War II. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area and distance, and they can also search for images. Using SpatialGenie, ...

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Plan of the town and suburbs of Sydney 1822 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the town and suburbs of Sydney, published c1822, showing the grid of streets, houses, military features and public facilities such as schools and gardens. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add ...

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Plan of the town of Hobart 1893 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the town of Hobart, published c1893, showing features including transport, maritime areas, public facilities, industries and churches. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students ...

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Plan of the town of Melbourne 1850 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Melbourne town, published c1850, showing a street plan and land allotments north of the Yarra River. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure ...

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Plan of the town of Sydney 1811 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the town of Sydney, published c1811, showing land use including military features, sea access and government land. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools ...

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Railway systems of Australia 1880-89 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the railway systems of Australia, published c1889, showing the different railway lines, which operated largely to join mining and agricultural centres to the coasts. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone ...

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The Australian colonies in 1853 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the Australian colonies, published in 1853, showing the existing colonial borders at that time. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area ...