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'The abolition of the slave trade', 1792

This is a hand-coloured cartoon print showing an African girl being hoisted by the ankle for a flogging on board the British slaving vessel Recovery. The vessel's captain John Kimber is seen on the left, whip in hand. The cartoon was drawn by Isaac Cruikshank and published by S W Fores in London on 10 April 1792. The alternative ...

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Slave decks of the bark Wildfire, 1860

This a black-and white engraving showing emaciated Africans on the slave decks of the ship Wildfire. Women are seen in the background on an upper deck, and in the foreground men and boys are crowded together. The engraving was published in Harper's Weekly on 2 June 1860. It was entitled 'The Africans of the slave bark "Wildfire." ...

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'Landing negroes at Jamestown from Dutch man-of-war, 1619'

This is a black-and-white illustration showing how the well-known American artist Howard Pyle (1853-1911) imagined the landing of the first Africans at Jamestown in the colony of Virginia nearly 300 years after the historical event. Pyle depicts 20 emaciated captives kneeling or sitting on the ground, guarded by men with ...

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Batavia shipwreck leads to mass murder

In 1629, the Dutch merchant ship Batavia was wrecked off the Western Australian coast near present-day Geraldton. What followed was a tale of mutiny and mass murder on the surrounding islands. Hear from two members of the 1963 expedition that first uncovered the ship's remains, as they visit one of the islands in 2013.

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The cruise of the Kormoran, 1940-41

This is a nautical chart showing the route of the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, which was known as 'Raider G'. The chart shows the route the ship took across the Atlantic and Indian oceans during its operations between December 1940 and November 1941. The circles represent the locations of ships the Kormoran either ...

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William Bligh's notebook and list of mutineers, 1789

These are two pages of handwritten notes made in 1789 by English naval captain William Bligh. The first is taken from a notebook. Bligh began writing in this notebook after a mutiny on his ship, HMAV 'Bounty', when he and 18 of his crew were forced aboard a 7-metre open launch and set adrift in Tongan waters in the South ...

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'Panorama of Sydney Harbour with Government House and Fort Macquarie from Mrs Macquarie's Chair', c1845

This is an oil painting made around 1845 by Jacob Janssen (1779-1856). Measuring 62.8 cm x 91.0 cm, the work presents a 19th-century view of a section of Sydney Harbour. Several groups of fashionably dressed people can be seen among the shrubby trees in the foreground: on the left, a young couple with a white dog stroll ...

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The Wreck of the Batavia, 1973: Mutiny on the Batavia

This clip shows the final journey of the Batavia, from its last port of call in Cape Town, in what is now South Africa, to its shipwreck on the Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia. Shots of maps and charts from the 17th century and the sound of waves and creaking timbers are used to depict the progress of ...

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In the Wake of the Bounty, 1933: Mr Christian's mutiny

This black-and-white clip begins with Fletcher Christian (Errol Flynn) asking Edward Young (John Warwick) if he has Young's support to mutiny, then asking him to 'break out the arms' (seize the guns). Captain Bligh (Mayne Lynton) is dragged from his bed and tied up, and another mutineer wakes the crew and urges them to ...

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Moments in Time

Moments in Time is an interactive timeline presenting key events that occurred around the world between 650 and 1918 CE. This innovative digital resource enables you to see what was happening, in different locations around the world, at any moment in time – simply scroll the timeline to travel through time and explore when ...

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Moments in time: Teaching resource

Explore suggestions for using the interactive resource Moments in time to develop your students' understanding of important historical periods, movements, events and contexts. Along the way, encourage students to question the reliability and usefulness of available sources.

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James Cook - finding your way

If you decide to visit somewhere you've never been before, how do you find your way? If you're in a car, the driver might use a GPS. You might use a smartphone app to give you directions. Perhaps you might go really ‘old school' and use a printed map or street directory. But how did explorers navigate their way around the ...

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Mapping the Australian Coast

This collection focuses on the European mapping and naming of the Australian continent during the 17th and 18th centuries. It highlights the motivations and achievements of Dutch and British explorers, including Abel Tasman and James Cook. It incorporates maps, texts and a painting.

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Sites2See – maritime disasters

The sea and ships hold a fascination for humankind that is one of discovery, geography, science and history, yet also one of peril. This web page has links for the history and human aspects of maritime disasters, timed for the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

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Classroom Antarctica: travelling to Antarctica in the 20th century

This learning sequence explores the ways the design, specifications and travelling times of ships bound for Antarctica in the 20th century have changed. Students compare the features of a variety of vessels then create an annotated timeline that demonstrates how particular aspects of Antarctic ships have changed between ...