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Syllabus Bites: The Polynesian expansion

This resource is a webpage with information, study guide and resources on Polynesian and Maori history.

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Heroes of the air

Explore two historic flights made by Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew. Examine flight logs including photographs and footage. Look at the flight path of the first Pacific crossing in 1928. Retrace the failed Trans-Tasman flight of 1935. Make your own newsreel about the achievements of Australia's early aviators. Recognise ...

Teacher resource

Australia and the First World War - a unit of work

This unit of work for middle and upper secondary students explores the influence of the First World War on the construction of Australian identity. An introductory exploration of the Australian digger myth and legend is followed by five activities framed as investigations. Links are provided to a variety of online resources, ...

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Mäori and Päkehä (Europeans) during the colonial period in New Zealand

This is a collection of 24 digital curriculum resources focusing on interactions between Mäori and Päkehä during the colonial period of New Zealand history. It is organised into eight categories: early contact with British whalers and settlers; the Treaty of Waitangi; arrival of British colonists; the New Zealand Wars of ...

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Migration to Australia and New Zealand before the gold rushes

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focusing on migration to Australia and New Zealand up to the mid-1850s. It contains paintings, engravings, photographs, artefacts, a narrative cartoon, a learning object, and explanatory video footage. The collection is organised into eight categories - migrants from ...

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Traditional Mäori ways of life

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focuses on traditional ways of life of Mäori people. The resources are grouped into ten categories - ariki (chiefs); warriors; tä moko (skin marking); growing crops; fishing and voyaging; cooking in hangi; building; weaving; musical instruments; and personal ornaments. ...

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Mäori use of environmental resources

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focusing on how Mäori people used environmental resources for purposes other than gaining food. The resources are grouped into four categories - birds for feathers; sea mammals for carving; plants for weaving; and timber for carving. While the collection includes some ...

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'Feast at the Bay of Islands', 1849

This is a watercolour painting created by Captain Richard Aldworth Oliver (1811-89) in 1849. It depicts a large häkari (feast) held in the northern part of the North Island to celebrate reconciliation after fighting. In the middle of the painting there is a large wooden structure called a potehe (stage). The painting measures ...

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'Sale of a mokomokai', 1864

This is a watercolour painting created by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) in 1864. It shows a Mäori chief in European dress with a moko (skin marking) on his face, holding what appears to be a mere (short flat club). To his left, on the ground, is a mokomokai (severed, dried, marked human head). The chief ...

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'Young Mäori in European clothes', 1865

This is a watercolour painting created by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) in 1865. It shows a Mäori man dressed in European clothing, standing in front of a whare (house). A young child stands in a corner under eaves and a cat lies nearer the door. The painting measures 18.2 cm x 27.8 cm.

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Arawa soldier, 1865

This is a watercolour painting created by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) in 1865. He called it 'Arawa soldier warning off'. It shows a Mäori warrior with a moko (skin marking) on his face and a moko puhoro (marking on leg or thigh) on his left thigh. He wears a form of traditional clothing made of either ...

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Bonds for bombers week

This is an advertising image showing the silhouette of a Second World War bomber aircraft, as seen from below. Across the bomber's wings are the words 'BONDS for BOMBERS WEEK'. New Zealand photographer Gordon Burt (1893-1968) photographed this image during the Second World War, probably for use in a war bonds poster, in ...

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'The order of the bath', 1917

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the photographer's wife, Maud Adkin, bathing their daughter, Nancy, in a washing tub on the veranda of their farm, Woodside, near Levin in the Horowhenua (North Island, New Zealand). A wooden chair with a towel draped over it stands behind them and a bar of soap is on the floor ...

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'Women electroplating army canteen bottles', 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a group of three women working in a New Zealand factory during the Second World War, electroplating army canteen bottles. The women wear factory smocks to protect their clothing. In the background are shelves with bottles waiting to be plated. Wellington photographer Gordon Burt ...

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Action rations, c1930s

This is a photograph of two boxes of New Zealand Navy combat ration packs. There is one open box on the left, and one unopened on the right. Spread out in front of the open box, in sealed packets, are its contents, which include sweet biscuits, chocolate, cheese, chewing gum, barley sugars and dried fruit. The contents ...

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Publicity photograph for Jantzen swimwear c1920s

This is a photograph of a young woman modelling a swimsuit. She wears a long one-piece swimsuit with a stripe around the leg, flat roman-strapped shoes and a wide hair band. A parasol nearby completes the scene. New Zealand photographer Gordon Burt (1893-1968) took this image, probably in the 1920s.

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General Motors marching girls team in 1935

This is a photograph of a team of eight 'marching girls', known as the Mechanics, taken by New Zealand photographer Gordon Burt (1893-1968) in 1935.

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Gallipoli diary, 1915

This is a double page from the diary of Captain Edward Perry Cox of the Wellington Infantry Battalion. The pages were written on 24 and 25 April 1915 on approach to Gallipoli during the First World War. The diary, which continued until 5 August 1915, comprises 204 loose pages, each 20.3 cm x 11 cm, and written in carbon ...

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'Ballarat Street, Queenstown', 1878

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the partially flooded Ballarat Street in Queenstown (Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand) in 1878. Buildings line both sides of the street and in the background a boat can be seen on Lake Wakatipu, with the snow-capped Remarkables Range behind. Groups of men are gathered ...