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Using language to describe being Australian

What are some iconic Australian symbols? No doubt people would say the kangaroo, the koala or the emu. But what about sheep? Have they played a part in shaping the way Australians see themselves?

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An inland nursery for Australian birds

When floodwaters reach Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre in South Australia, many species of waterbirds, including pelicans and the rare Banded Stilt, arrive to breed and raise their young. See why Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre was declared a national park and find out what happens to the birdlife once the lake dries.

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Lake Eyre bursts into life

Watch and be amazed at how Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is transformed from a dry salt pan to a vast lake bursting with life. Find out what attracts thousands of pelicans to this region from thousands of kilometres away.

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Dressing up: lake [German]

Find out words for clothing items in German. Identify clothing items suitable for wearing to a lake. Follow instructions to dress either a boy or a girl. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.


Lake Pedder Christmas card, 1973

This card, produced by the Tasmanian Hydro-Electric Commission (HEC) in 1973, offers 'Season's greetings' and states that the views depict Lake Pedder before and after it was flooded in 1972 for the Upper Gordon River Hydro-electricity Scheme. One view is of two women on an elevated rocky area overlooking a grass-covered ...


National parks: Lake Eyre

This is a colour clip showing Australia's largest salt lake, located in Lake Eyre National Park, and the Australian pelicans ('Pelecanus conspicillatus') and other birds that go there to breed. Using footage and commentary from wildlife cinematographer Lindsay Cupper, the clip shows the arrival of pelicans once the lake ...


Canoeing on the upper Snowy River in 1947

This is short excerpt from a 1947 colour home movie entitled 'Canoeing the Upper Snowy: a tale of woe and much water'. It shows the Snowy River before the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme began construction. The first scene shows two canoeists paddling in mild rapids and the second scene shows three men standing on ...


Ice-skating at Mt Buffalo in the 1930s - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a silent black-and-white home movie made around 1930. It shows a woman ice-skating on a frozen lake in the Victorian Alps. She wears a knee-length skirt that twirls with her figure-skating movements. She performs turns and spins, and moves with considerable skill.


'First view of the salt desert - called Lake Torrens'

This is an 1843 watercolour painting that shows a lone horseman, possibly the artist, E C Frome (1802-90), looking though a telescope at a salt lake, now called Lake Frome. This was one of a circle of vast salt lakes that, for many years, blocked the path of explorers trying to find a way to the centre of the continent. ...


Lake Hume, 1957

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in 1957, showing part of Lake Hume, on the border between New South Wales and Victoria. The precise location is unidentified, but it could be the north-east 'Murray Arm', seen from the Victorian side. There are many dead trees in the water, the majority of which are probably river ...


Peach's Australia, Flinders Ranges, 1976: An ancient land

This clip shows the landscape of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Bill Peach's voice-over talks of the artist Hans Heysen's appreciation of the Flinders Ranges while scenes of the landscape that Heysen enjoyed are shown. Music then accompanies film shots of some of Heysen's paintings. The sound of ...


A Big Country - The Challenge of Lake Eyre, 1978: Just like 3,000 years ago

This clip begins with a hovercraft being driven across Lake Eyre by John and Roma Dulhunty. It shows shots of Lake Eyre with water in it as the narrator tells us that the salt crust forming around the edge of the lake is wafer-thin now, but will be 18 inches (15 cm) thick in the middle of the lake as it returns to its normal ...


The Back of Beyond, 1954: Cooper Creek in flood

This black-and-white clip from the sponsored documentary 'The Back of Beyond' (1954) shows footage of animal carcasses strewn across the dry bed of Cooper Creek and hanging from trees, followed by images of the Creek in flood. Scenes of mailman Tom Kruse and his assistant taking their load across the Creek on a steel barge ...


Earthshots: satellite images of environmental change - Lake Chad, Africa

This resource is a series of satellite images of Lake Chad in Africa, showing its decline due to prolonged drought and increased water use from 1963 to 2003, accompanied by a text explanation, including a brief history of the lake. The text describes the geographical features of the freshwater lake, the effect of the region's ...