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The Sharkcallers of Kontu, 1982: 'Special power'

This clip depicts shark calling on New Ireland in Papua New Guinea. A Kontu villager sits in front of his house and expresses his fear that the skill of calling the sharks for men to kill has been lost with the death of the last shark caller. A young man is then shown at sea in a narrow outrigger canoe, thumping the water ...

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Australians at the beach, pre-1930

This is a collection of 24 digital curriculum resources focusing on Australians at the beach before 1930. It includes paintings, photographs and swimsuits along with numerous examples of archival film footage showing people enjoying the beach in the early 20th century. The collection is organised into periods - early 1800s, ...

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Fishing on the Clarence River in 1933

This is silent footage from a 1933 documentary entitled 'The castle, Clarence River and Mount Ogilvie'. It shows three men fishing with handlines on the bank of the fast-flowing Clarence River in northern New South Wales.

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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 ...

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Cotter Dam spillway, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1926 of the spillway and stilling pond of the Cotter Dam, in the Australian Capital Territory outside Canberra. A relatively thin sheet of water is flowing over the spillway, meaning the dam is full. Three men are fishing for trout, two from the wall of the stilling pond, one ...

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Indigenous Australians fishing by torchlight, c1817

This is a watercolour, measuring 17.7 cm x 27.9 cm, created by Joseph Lycett in about 1817. It depicts Indigenous Australians spear fishing from three bark canoes at night. In each canoe are a man with a spear and a person holding a firebrand. On the river bank, 15 adults and a child are gathered around two fires, roasting ...

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'Follow the sun', 1938 - asset 4

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white documentary with soundtrack entitled 'Follow the sun'. It was made on the Great Barrier Reef, off Queensland, by Australian filmmaker Frank Hurley in 1938. The excerpt features Indigenous Australian men fishing. The sequence opens with a man spearing fish from rocks on the shoreline, ...

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'Fishing for upokororo', 1922

This is a black-and-white photograph of two Mäori men at work with two hïnaki (fish traps) capturing upokororo (grayling, 'Prototroctes oxyrhynchus') on the Waipu River on the east coast of the North Island in 1922. The photograph shows a low dam that has been built across the stream to divert its flow and direct the fish ...

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Opening of the Rank-NEC colour television factory, 1974 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from an item in a 1974 black-and-white Australian Movie Magazine newsreel with soundtrack, showing Prime Minister Gough Whitlam touring and officially opening the new Rank-NEC colour television factory in Penrith, on the western outskirts of Sydney. Whitlam's car is seen driving into the factory parking ...

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Opening of the Rank-NEC colour television factory, 1974 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from an item in a 1974 black-and-white Australian Movie Magazine newsreel with soundtrack, showing Prime Minister Gough Whitlam touring and officially opening the new Rank-NEC colour television factory in Penrith, on the western outskirts of Sydney. Factory employees are shown constructing television ...

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The Battle for Byron, 1996: European settlement in Byron Bay

This clip shows a series of black-and-white photographs intercut with archival black-and-white film footage, illustrating key historical changes in Byron Bay, on the northern coast of New South Wales, since European settlement. The narrator details the effects of the timber, pastoralist, sand-mining and whaling industries ...

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The Battle for Byron, 1996: Environment versus progress

This clip shows Christina Khumari, a jeweller, arriving at the block of land where she is building her house from recycled materials. Christina explains her concern about a recent council decision to allow mining at a nearby quarry. The quarry would provide gravel for roads into new subdivisions within the area. Interviews ...

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Advertising Missionaries, 1996: Wokabout Marketing

This clip shows how Western or global products are advertised in remote regions of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Marketing executive Andrew Rose describes how PNG is providing multinational companies with more markets and potential consumers. Rose writes scripts for Wokabout Marketing, a theatre troupe that advertises global ...

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Bamboo fishing spear

This is an image of the head of a fishing spear made by Wilfred Aniba from Saibai Island in Torres Strait. The head consists of seven metal prongs bound to a bamboo shaft with fine red twine. It is unclear how long the spear is.

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Jindabyne, 2006: 'The river spirits in a good mood'

This clip shows four men on a fishing trip beside a mountain river where they proudly display their catch before sitting around a campfire to eat the fish. As they clean up they make idle talk and Billy (Simon Stone), the youngest, indicates that he will be returning home the next morning, hinting at some discomfort. Later, ...

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Dugong Dugong, 1980: The hunt

This clip shows Lawrence and Nicholas Dugong on a small motor dinghy at sea, hunting for dugong and marine turtles. In voice-over Lawrence explains how the brothers inherited their surname from their father, who was given the name because he was a good dugong hunter. Lawrence prepares a harpoon and explains how important ...

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Globalisation

This is a teacher professional development resource containing activities that support an investigation of the drivers, models, impacts, education and evaluation of globalisation. The resource has eight tabs, providing an introduction, six activities and a reflection lesson. The activities include information, quotes, a ...