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Local government: town hall detective - teacher resource

This is an information sheet for teachers about the importance of town halls. It has three main elements: the first identifies what town halls were and are used for; the second gives some historical background for the town halls in five state capitals; and the third suggests that students become heritage detectives. This ...

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Marvellous Melbourne (website)

This is a website that traces the history of the city of Melbourne from its establishment in 1835 until after the Second World War and into the 1950s.

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Deb Tout Smith talks about the Melbourne Story exhibition, 2008

This is a video of Melbourne Museum curator Deb Tout Smith talking about the Melbourne Story exhibition at Melbourne Museum. The video was made in 2008.

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Hidden Histories (website)

This is a website designed to assist in the documentation of oral histories of members of Indigenous communities and to increase the wider community's understanding of their cultures.

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A significant local site

This unit of work focuses on the study of a significant local site, supporting the year 2 History curriculum. The Albuera Street Infant School in Tasmania is used as a case study to help students to examine a site and distinguish between past, present and future. This unit of work provides a set of learning sequences with ...

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Fiona Kinsey talks about the model of Atherton Gardens estate, 2008

This is a video of Museum Victoria curator Fiona Kinsey talking about the model of Atherton Gardens estate on display as part of the Melbourne Story exhibition at Melbourne Museum. The video was made in 2008.

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Levy Brothers token penny, 1855

This is a round, copper token featuring the name, address and business of the issuer: Levy Brothers / Arcade, Melbourne / Importers of Fancy Goods. The reverse shows Justice seated on a wool bale, holding an overflowing cornucopia in one hand and scales in the other. A sailing ship is in the background. Surrounding this ...

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Bombs Away: The Tuggeranong Bombing Range

This site provides a collection of primary source documents, guides and information to support research on the local history of Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory. 'Bombs Away' provides a brief history of the establishment of a live bombing range within the Territory in 1940 and local opposition to its creation. ...

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A history of Museum Victoria

This is a website containing a pictorial introduction to the history of Museum Victoria from 1854 to 2001. The website also contains a selection of essays on collections, research and exhibitions at the Museum over the past century and a half.

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Mess hall, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, 1950

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a group of about 40 men seated at long tables in the mess hall at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre.

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Goat or sheep knucklebones used as children's toys, c1880

This is a set of eight astragali, or anklebones, from the hindquarters of goats or sheep. They date from about 1880 and may have been used by children to play knucklebones or 'jacks'. They were excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003.

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Phar Lap - Australia's Wonder Horse (website)

This is a website that tells the story of Phar Lap, the great Australian racehorse who triumphed during the Great Depression of the early 1930s, when a hero was needed by the people of Australia. The website contains stories, images and film footage.

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Archives ACT: find of the month

This topic-based collection of primary source material provides a rich and varied source of official documents, guides and background information on the civic history of Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory. Produced monthly, this eclectic collection covers topics including the history of monuments, architecture, ...

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Sustainability of a historic community garden

Discover the history of a local community garden and find out about some of its new sustainable features. View this clip called 'Sustainability in Edinburgh', created by young reporters from North Fitzroy Primary School, Victoria. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the news!' project, which featured ...

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Ivan Kucan and friends eating ice-cream at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, 1950

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivan Kucan, third from left, and five other men at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre. Three of the group are eating ice-cream. The men are probably resting during a work project.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

This sequence of four learning activities examines the design and construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Students view alternate designs that were not chosen and explore the reasons behind this decision. In the final activity students identify reasons why the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a symbol of Sydney and consider ...

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Anna and Ivan Kucan and their daughters outside their home in Newport, 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Anna and Ivan Kucan and their daughters, Larysa and Marika, in front of their weatherboard house in Newport, Victoria.

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Aboriginal science tools: the morah stone

This is an article about morah stones, incised grinding stones from the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland, and how they were used by the local Aboriginal peoples to process toxic starchy seeds and kernels. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha and intended mainly for teachers, it describes ...

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'Chronological tree of Victorian history', 1873

This is a poster titled 'Chronological tree of Victorian history', a picture designed and written by James McKain Meek. It was printed and published by John Paten in 1873 and photolithographed by John Noone of the Crown Lands Office in Melbourne. The picture is in the shape of a gum tree, with a stylised geological and ...

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A school's history of sustainability

Discover the history of sustainability at a local primary school as two generations of past students reflect on their time at the school. View this clip called 'The past of our present', created by young reporters from North Fitzroy Primary School, Victoria. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making ...