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Joan Winch, 2003: Indigenous health workers

This clip is an excerpt from 'Joan Winch' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian biography' series 9, produced in 2003. In the clip Joan Winch - a Nyungar-Martujarra Elder, nurse, midwife, academic and educator - talks about setting up an Aboriginal health workers' program in Western Australia. She asked the community to nominate ...

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Living in the outback, coping with boarding school

For Timmy Watson, living in a remote community in the Northern Territory is as good as it gets. But there's one drawback: the need to go to boarding school during the final years of secondary school. Find out more in Timmy's Heywire audio story. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ...

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So much space and freedom for a special postie

Gaye Nichols has a very cool job. She delivers mail to people living in a remote region of western New South Wales. Join Gaye as she travels from Wilcannia to Ivanhoe and find out why she is one of the most important people in the Central Darling Shire.

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The Circle: doctor

Look at medical support in Antarctica. Explore how medical emergencies arise and are handled. Consider the importance of telecommunications in isolated areas. Examine the treatment and prevention of frostbite. This learning object is one in a series of eight learning objects.

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Correspondence school lessons arriving in 1946

This is a 1946 black-and-white photograph showing a group of two adults and four children ranging in age from infancy to late teens looking at materials, probably delivered by the man sitting in a horse-drawn sulky. The group on the right are examining what appears to be a school book. The man in the sulky is looking at ...

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Repairing a truck on the Nullarbor in 1915

This is a 1915 black-and-white photograph showing a man and a woman working to repair a truck while another man looks on. The whole rear axle and wheels have been removed from the vehicle and spare tyres lie on the ground. The photograph was taken somewhere on the Nullarbor, along the route of the Trans-Australian Railway ...

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Learning with the School of the Air in 1951

This is a black-and-white photograph of an upper primary schoolboy using a two-way radio to participate in a School of the Air lesson while being supervised by his mother. They are seated in the kitchen area of a large tent home.

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Contacting the Flying Doctor Service, 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph of George Alder in a flat, dry and dusty paddock kneeling beside the first portable radio telephone in the outback, contacting the Flying Doctor Service in Broken Hill.

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Teaching at a School of the Air, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of a teacher reading into a microphone at a School of the Air studio. It features the two-way radio equipment used to teach lessons in 1954.

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Royal Flying Doctor Service dentist, NSW, 1962

This is a black-and-white photograph of a dentist from the Royal Flying Doctor Service performing dentistry beside his plane in a remote part of New South Wales in 1962.

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A pioneer settler, 1905-17

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, taken by Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney, showing a settler's family near Dorrigo in New South Wales. A woman and three small children are standing in a clearing among tall trees, in front of a house.

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'Mail coach', 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, titled 'Mail Coach', produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. The image depicts a mail coach drawn by five horses. There are three men riding on the coach, which has a canvas cover on the back and a gas lantern on the side. ...

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Horse-drawn mail wagon, c1920

This is an image of a horse-drawn mail wagon, made from a hand-coloured 'lantern slide'. The original photographic slide was taken in an outback area of Australia, probably by John Flynn in the Northern Territory or Western Australia, possibly around 1920.

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National Trachoma and Eye Health Program, 1976

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an orthoptist testing the distance vision of an Indigenous Australian at Warburton Range Mission in Western Australia in 1976.

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National Trachoma and Eye Health Program, 1977

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Professor Fred Hollows, in the foreground, examining the eyes of an elderly Indigenous Australian woman at Noonkanbah in the Kimberley in Western Australia, assisted by one man and observed by another. One of these men is Professor Barrie Jones from the University of London.

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'Outback kids come to town to be cured', 1959 - asset 1

This is the first of three excerpts from a black-and-white newsreel produced by Cinesound, in 1959 titled, 'Manly: Outback kids come to town to be cured'. The film audio consists of a narration and music but no sound effects. After the opening title, the film shows an exterior shot of a young boy entering a three-storey ...

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'Outside world comes to keeper of the light', 1933 - asset 1

This is a clip taken from the beginning of an item featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 13 April 1933. The item as a whole is about the visit of the supply ship 'Cape York' to lighthouses along the coast of Tasmania. After the title screen, the clip opens ...

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'Outside world comes to keeper of the light', 1933 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from the first half of an item featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 13 April 1933. The item as a whole is about the visit of the supply ship 'Cape York' to lighthouses along the coast of Tasmania. This clip features Tasman Island and ...

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'Outside world comes to keeper of the light', 1933 - asset 3

This is a clip taken from the second half of an item featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 13 April 1933. The item as a whole is about the visit of the supply ship 'Cape York' to lighthouses along the coast of Tasmania. The clip features Maatsuyker Island ...

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'Outside world comes to keeper of the light', 1933 - asset 4

This is a clip taken from the end of an item featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 13 April 1933. The item as a whole is about the visit of the supply ship 'Cape York' to lighthouses along the coast of Tasmania. The clip opens with the family of a lighthouse ...