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Italian migrants and a home of their own

This clip describes how postwar Italian migrant Angelina De Rossi became less unhappy about being in Australia once she owned her own home. It shows images of Angelina, her husband Angelo and their children living in poor conditions near Griffith as she tells of hiding her unhappiness. Angelina then describes how after ...


From cottages to McMansions

This clip describes how Australians' thinking about the value of the family home changed from the 1950s onwards. It shows rising expectations about house size and internal features, along with the increasing risk of not being able to pay for them. The clip then focuses on the modest Duncan home and how Kevin Duncan Snr ...

Moving Image

Chemical products that change our lives

Travel back one hundred years in time to observe the technologies that people were using and to consider the technologies that had have yet to be invented. View the types of new substances that were invented by chemists during the last century.

Moving Image

GM bananas

Meet a scientist who is genetically modifying bananas to make them more nutritious. Learn about some of the benefits and concerns about using gene technologies to modify foods.

Interactive resource

Secondary history: discussion

These seven learning activities focus on discussion using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware) and illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers facilitate discussion and model questions ...

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Photo album: daily life 1 [Japanese]

Look through a photo album showing life in Japan. See photos such as shops around Shinjuku, cooking at home and teenagers playing computer games. Match each photo to a brief description of the activity. Answer a question about each activity. Complete a quiz that includes questions on all of the photos. This learning object ...

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Global workplace: accountant [ESL]

Find out whether you are suited to working in another country as an accountant. Identify your job and lifestyle preferences. Compare your preferences with working conditions and cultural expectations in Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. For example, expectations about punctuality and attitudes to authority ...


Tatler Social Newsreel - Social Party in South Yarra, c1934: Sherry, olives and cocker spaniels

This black-and-white clip from a newsreel shows people at a party in about 1934 in the South Yarra garden of the Connollys, a wealthy couple who were part of Melbourne's high society set. In the opening shot, party host Lou Connolly shoots an arrow from a bow before handing the bow to another guest. The narrator identifies ...


Chequerboard Revisited - I Reckon I'm An Average Australian, 2000: I’m my father’s son

This clip from 'Chequerboard Revisited' shows scenes in black and white from a 1974 'Chequerboard' program that includes an interview with husband Kevin at the dinner table and wife Margaret ironing, juxtaposed with a colour interview with Kevin in 2000 reflecting back on that period of time. Their children respond to the ...


A Big Country - Gulf Battlers, 1982: A Cinderella station

This clip shows members of the Forshaw family working at Yeldham, their station near Burketown in Queensland not far south of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and in the makeshift family home during the wet season. Two of the daughters work with their goats in a stockyard. The camera pans to show the isolation of their home in ...

Teacher resource

Life in the Great Depression - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea uses film and firsthand accounts of the Great Depression to help students empathise with people who lived through this difficult period. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.


Life on the Victorian goldfields

This is a collection of 19 digital curriculum resources focusing on life on the Victorian goldfields. The collection is organised into four categories: conditions on the goldfields; accommodation and food; making a living; and news and entertainment. It includes paintings and sketches; interactive learning objects and a ...


Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve

This is a collection of 17 digital curriculum resources focusing on the daily life of people at the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve in the second half of the 19th century. It is organised into six categories - Coranderrk people; conditions on the reserve; Coranderrk leaders; growing hops; making money from tourists; and issues ...


Living conditions in Australia, 1890-1910

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focusing on living conditions in Australia around 1900. The resources are grouped into four categories - housing; water and sanitation; transport; and leisure activities. The collection includes rare archival film footage, clips from documentaries, photographs and drawings.


'Marvellous Melbourne' and beyond

This is a collection of 18 digital curriculum resources focusing on 'Marvellous Melbourne' in the boom era and beyond. The resources are grouped into six sections - overview; the golden years; the 1890s 'bust'; recreation in Melbourne; water and sewerage; and disease. The collection includes artworks, a website, archival ...


A sustenance project camp in the forest, 1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken by C R Gotts most probably in the 1930s, showing a makeshift tent camp in a cleared forest near Melbourne. The camp was built to accommodate men employed by the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works in sustenance work during the Great Depression. The photograph measures 13.4 cm ...


'Outward bound: dinner-time'

This is an oil painting, measuring 58.7 cm x 76.0 cm, by J A Gilfillan (1793-1867), that shows a family of poor people - a father, mother and young children - huddled together for shelter close to an inn, on a bleak, overcast day at a 19th-century port (possibly in Scotland). In the harbour behind them, there is a large ...


'Gold digging in Australia 1852: bad results'

This is the first of a pair of oval watercolours, measuring 20.2 cm x 26.4 cm, painted by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows two gold miners sitting dejectedly beside their mine, probably on the Victorian gold fields. Behind the men is a windlass, as well as their wheelbarrow, pick and spade. ...


Children in a working-class street, 1916

This is a black-and-white 1916 photograph of a group of young children in Hocking Street, Brompton, an inner suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It shows the austere nature of the built environment, including houses and workshops, and the poor condition of the unpaved street. One boy is standing barefoot in the muddy street. ...


Push-button household, 1953 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from an item in a 1953 black-and-white Cinesound Review newsreel with soundtrack, showing some of the modern technology that was incorporated into the house of John Dyer and his family in Northbridge, Sydney. The excerpt opens with the title, 'Push Button Household: / INNOVATIONS IN / ULTRA-MODERN / HOME'. ...