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At home in the country

What is the best thing about living on a farm out in the countryside? What is the worst? How does where you live make you the person you are today? Listen to Jane Gould from Boort, finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people, talk of the connectedness she feels to the land on which she lives.

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Colonial South Australia

This is a collection of 24 digital curriculum resources focusing on the foundation of South Australia and its development in the colonial era. It is organised into seven categories - early years of the colony; migrating to the colony; settling in South Australia; developing the colony; exploring the colony; changing boundaries; ...

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John Thomson's China II: illustrations of China and its people, photo albums, 1873-74 - visual narratives

This is a collection comprising five sets of 19th-century photographs of China and the Chinese people selected from photographs taken by John Thomson, the first Western photographer to travel widely throughout China. The sets are organised around five topics: town; country; people; ethnicities; and the monumental past. ...

Video

A telegraph line across the continent, 2007

This video clip looks at the story of the struggle to cross a vast continent and build the telegraph line that would bring Australia to the world and the world to Australia. 'A telegraph line across the continent' is an excerpt from the film 'A Wire Through the Heart' (55 min), the third episode of the three-part series ...

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Pipe dreams, 2007: O'Connor's dream for water

This clip is an excerpt from the 2007 film 'Pipe dreams' (55 min), the second episode of a three-part series entitled 'Constructing Australia'. Over black-and-white photographs and dramatised video of the key players, a narrator describes the significant challenges of supplying water to the WA goldfields in the late 19th ...

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Outback nurse

Heather Smith is a hemodialysis nurse who travels to remote Australian communities delivering important health services to Australians who don't live in or near major centres. Follow Heather on a typical day in her outback office in the Central Australian location of Ntaria (Hermannsburg) in the Northern Territory.

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Population pressures in coastal towns

Stunning beaches and tourist-filled coastal towns are some of Australia's most important assets. But how do seasonal fluctuations in population affect these coastal communities? This clip focuses on a new push by the National Sea Change Taskforce to have visitor numbers properly counted in the next census, so that development ...

Interactive resource

Where does tap water come from? [includes spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Where does tap water come from? [no spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Free selectors

This collection of ten digital curriculum resources about free selectors in Australia is organised into two categories - free selectors on their selections and free selectors portrayed in film. Photographs and a painting show selector families working to clear their selections and posing in front of the houses they have ...

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Colonial Melbourne

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focusing on the foundation of Melbourne and its development in the colonial era. It is organised into five categories - the foundation of Melbourne; Melbourne in the late 1830s and 1840s; Melbourne in the 1850s and 1860s; Melbourne from 1870 to 1900; and maps showing ...

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Map of Australian colonies, c1859-61

This is a hand-coloured map of Australia, printed between about 1859 and 1861, showing boundaries for what were then the colonies of Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. There is an area labelled 'North Australia', which includes the present-day Northern Territory and Queensland within the same ...

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Map of Australian settlements, c1854

This is a hand-coloured map of Australia showing boundaries indicating the settlements and provinces that existed in 1851. In particular, the map shows detailed settlements in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, with dates and names indicating when areas were discovered, and by whom. Some of the current names ...

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Radium Hill, 1962 - asset 1

This is a clip taken from the beginning of an item about an abandoned uranium-mining town in South Australia that featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 21 June 1962. The clip opens with the title screen, 'Radium Hill. / AUSTRALIA'S FIRST ATOM AGE GHOST TOWN ...

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Radium Hill, 1962 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from the middle of an item about an abandoned uranium mining town that featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 21 June 1962. The clip opens with a scene of deserted railway lines, followed by scenes of deserted mine buildings, equipment ...

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Radium Hill, 1962 - asset 3

This is a clip taken from near the end of an item about an abandoned uranium mining town that featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 21 June 1962. The clip opens with a scene of closed houses and empty streets as the commentator declares that this was a modern ...

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'Your house and mine', 1954 - asset 4

This is a clip from a 22-minute colour documentary made in Melbourne, Victoria in 1954 titled 'Your House and Mine'. Taken from a twin propeller plane, it includes the sound-effect of a plane accompanied by a voice-over describing the 'urban sprawl' of Melbourne. The footage begins over railway yards and passes above docks ...

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Map of Australia by Matthew Flinders, 1814

This is a highly significant black-and-white map of Australia depicting areas explored by Matthew Flinders between 1798 and 1803. The map is entitled 'GENERAL CHART OF TERRA AUSTRALIS OR AUSTRALIA'. The different ships and routes that Flinders took while charting the coastline of the continent are included, as well as details ...

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'Hydraulic sluicing', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative was taken by Charles Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. It depicts a wide shot of a hillside with a hut and what appears to be a sluiceway. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

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'Carrington Street', 1884-1917

This is a full plate glass negative entitled 'Carrington Street' taken by the Sydney photographic studio Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in portrait format depicts an urban street scene, with a street light and electric power pole prominent. There are stone buildings ...