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Video of Anita Apinis speaking about her parents, who emigrated from Latvia as refugees, 2006

This is a video of Anita Apinis speaking about her parents' experience of emigrating from Latvia to Australia as refugees. She demonstrates traditional Latvian weaving on the loom that her parents brought to Australia, made from salvaged wood in a displaced person's camp in Memmingen, Germany. She also discusses traditional ...

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Video of Nyabana Riek speaking about her experience as a refugee from Sudan, 2006

This is a video of Nyabana Riek speaking about her experience as a refugee from Sudan. She talks about escaping war in Sudan, living in refugee camps, losing most of her family, immigrating to Australia with her sister, being bullied at school in Australia and receiving support from the local Sudanese community. The video ...

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Video of Cuc Lam describing her experience as a refugee from Vietnam, 2006

This is a video of Cuc Lam speaking about her experience as a refugee from Vietnam. She talks about her unsuccessful attempts to escape from Vietnam, and about finally escaping with her husband by boat in 1978 and being rescued by the Malaysian navy. She also talks about the deaths of her niece and nephew during their attempt ...

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Video of discussion about the Women on Farms Gathering Collection, 2006-07

This video begins with curator Liza Dale-Hallett and historian Marian Quartly talking about the Women on Farms Gathering perpetual banner. They also discuss the implications of curating an object that is still in use and whose meaning is still being created by a community. Following that is an interview with two women, ...

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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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Ron Merkel discusses the importance of native title, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel talking about the importance of native title claims. Merkel presents his views about the connection between land and identity for Indigenous people and about successful and unsuccessful native title claims. The recording was made in ...

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Changing whispers into roars - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea suggests many different activities for developing students’ awareness of change over time using carefully selected images from Australia’s past. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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My Mother's Country - Part 2, 2001: My country

This clip shows Fayleen Launder and her family visiting places in the Lander and Hanson River area of the Northern Territory including parts of her mother's country, and voice-overs describe how local people were killed there in the Coniston massacre in 1928. The women identify the policeman from Barrow Creek as being responsible. ...

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Painting the Town - A Film About Yosl Bergner, 1987: Profound impact

This clip explains the effects of the 1939 Herald Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art on the Australian art community through interviews with artists Albert Tucker, John Perceval and Yosl Bergner and a narration illustrated with historic photographs from the Exhibition's catalogue. Images shown include photographs ...

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Painting the Town - A Film About Yosl Bergner, 1987: Anti-fascist exhibition

This clip discusses an anti-fascist art exhibition held in Adelaide and Melbourne in 1942, shows examples from the exhibition and then focuses on examples of Yosl Bergner's work depicting Indigenous Australians. The narration explains that the exhibition was a response to the devastation of war and the persecution of Jews ...

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Storytelling traditions - unit of work

In this unit of work, students learn about storytelling traditions and how they may be used to pass on important cultural knowledge, such as Dreaming. They listen to, read and view traditional stories now told using writing, illustrations and digital forms. They respond to the stories by creating oral, written and visual ...

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Excerpt from an interview with Frederick Mann, 1997

This is an excerpt (approximately 3 minutes) from a 1997 oral history interview with Labor supporter Frederick Mann, in which he recalls John Curtin's 1934 election campaign in the Western Australian federal seat of Fremantle.

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Excerpt from an interview with Gladys Joyce, 1997 - asset 1

This is an excerpt (approximately 2 minutes) from a 1997 oral history interview with Gladys Joyce, in which she relates memories of her time as a secretary to Prime Minister John Curtin from 1941 to 1945.

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Excerpt from an interview with Gladys Joyce, 1997 - asset 2

This is an excerpt (approximately 2 minutes in length) from a 1997 oral history interview with Gladys Joyce, in which she relates memories of her time as a secretary to Prime Minister John Curtin from 1941 to 1945.

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Excerpt from an interview with Gladys Joyce, 1997 - asset 3

This is an excerpt (approximately 2 minutes) from a 1997 oral history interview with Gladys Joyce, in which she relates memories of her time as a secretary to Prime Minister John Curtin from 1941 to 1945. In particular, she recalls receiving news of the bombing of Darwin in February 1942.

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Excerpt from an interview with Hazel Craig, 1997 - asset 1

This is an excerpt (approximately 3 minutes) from a 1997 oral history interview with Hazel Craig, in which she relates memories of Canberra and parliament during her time as a stenographer in the Prime Minister's Department from 1934 into the 1940s.

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Excerpt from an interview with Hazel Craig, 1997 - asset 2

This is an excerpt (approximately 3 minutes) from a 1997 oral history interview with Hazel Craig, a stenographer in the Prime Minister's Department, in which she relates memories of working for the War Cabinet during the Second World War.

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Excerpt from an interview with Hazel Craig, 1997 - asset 3

This is an excerpt (approximately 3 minutes) from a 1997 oral history interview with Hazel Craig, in which she relates her memories of Prime Minister John Curtin and his relationships with Generals Blamey and MacArthur. Craig worked as a stenographer in the Prime Minister's Department during the Second World War.

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Interview from the Drovers Oral History Project, 2000

This is a sound recording from the Drovers Oral History Project, recorded during the Drovers' Camp Festival in July 2000, in which Wayne McCulloch (1950- ) recalls his days as a head stockman in northern Australia. From the point of view of a head stockman with 40 years' experience, he talks about establishing discipline ...

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Alec Campbell recalls the 1915 Anzac landing

This is a sound recording, made in 2000-01, in which Gallipoli veteran Alec Campbell (1899-2002) remembers the shock, as a 16-year-old, of first seeing a man killed. He comments on the danger at Gallipoli because of the lack of cover, and goes on to note that half of his company became casualties. He concludes with the ...