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The story of 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton

What do the words of 'Waltzing Matilda' mean and where did they come from? Find out about 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton, the town where Banjo Paterson wrote his ballad. Discover what the song means to the town today.

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The power of poetry

Imagine having the power to move and inspire people using carefully chosen words. This is the power wielded by poets who use words, voice and sometimes actions to engage their audiences. In this clip, explore the powerful and innovative work of young British poet Kate Tempest as she performs her original work 'Balance'.

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Modern day epic poetry

Imagine being a troubadour, travelling poet or musician. In medieval times these people wandered the countryside, earning a living by recounting great tales of heroic feats. Young British poet Kate Tempest is doing much the same today. In this clip, explore Kate's fascinating work.

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Overflowing with envy of Clancy's splendid life

Enjoy this audio clip, which features Australian actor Jack Thompson reading AB 'Banjo' Paterson's poem 'Clancy of the Overflow'. This poem is an Australian bush ballad, narrated by a city office worker who imagines that Clancy's life as a shearer and drover in the outback would hold far more pleasures than his own.

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Powerful poets in performance

Imagine a child being handed a rifle instead of a toy. People who have grown up in Australia sometimes don't appreciate the struggles faced by people in other parts of the world. This electrifying performance by Abe Nouk gives an insight into the traumatic lives of child soldiers and the redemptive nature of love. Abe reveals ...

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Where image matters the most

'The awful things we do to pursue what gorgeous is.' With these dramatic words, Mark Lloyd concludes his powerful performance poem exploring the issue of body image. His emotive delivery and strong imagery highlight the impact that words can have when used by bullies or by those who stand against them.

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Signed photograph of Banjo Paterson, c1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph of Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson taken in the late 1930s. In the photograph Paterson has a pipe in his mouth and is looking downwards at a piece of paper that he is holding in both hands. He wears a high collar, dark tie, light-coloured three-piece suit and a hat. The bottom right of ...

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Talk about rights

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 6 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. This unit explores the changes to democratic and citizenship ...

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Who was Banjo Paterson?

Banjo Paterson was an Australian writer and a poet, most famous for writing 'Waltzing Matilda' and 'The Man From Snowy River'. It could be said that his writing, based on his own experiences of the Australian bush life, has shaped Australia's identity. Do you agree? Why/why not?

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Henry Lawson the Poet

Students study one poem by Henry Lawson in depth, investigating a range of language forms and features, before illustrating their poem to reflect the imagery portrayed in the words, and reciting their poem to the class. This activity is supported by resources (photographs, video and textual records) from the State Library ...