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Governing Australia - iTunes app

Learn to understand Australia's system of government with this interactive app, using simple conversational language with lots of illustrations, animation, photos and videos. The range of topics covered include: The constitution; Judicial power; Parliament; Executive government; Members of parliament; How laws are passed; ...

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Caroline Chisholm

This sequence of two activities focuses on researching the life of Caroline Chisholm (1808 -1877). Caroline assisted emigrant women who were being exploited during the depression of the 1840's. Activity one uses primary sources including a portrait of Caroline Chisholm and extracts from letters and newspaper articles to ...

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Archeologists hunt for Ned Kelly clues

What can the site of the Kelly gang's last stand tell us about Ned's final battle with the police? This clip provides a brief overview of the Kelly story using scenes from the 1906 film 'The Story of the Kelly Gang'. Watch as archeologists dig up the battle site at Glenrowan. See what they find and how these things might ...

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Whose shoes?

This sequence of 2 learning activities explores the present and the past using photographs of shoes from the State Library of NSW's collection. Students are encouraged to use time sequencing vocabulary e.g. then and now. Activity 1 asks students to compare a variety of shoes for purpose, similarities and differences. The ...

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Mary Reibey

This sequence of learning activities focuses on the challenges and contributions made by convict Mary Reibey (1777 - 1885) to the development of early Sydney. Activity one uses primary sources including Mary's convict letter and extracts from her journal for analysis. Activity two includes a biography planner and script ...

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DigiMacq - iTunes app

This app is for iphone. Take a multimedia tour through the streets of Parramatta (New South Wales, Australia), 200 years ago and experience Australia's colonial heritage. Join Governor Lachlan Macquarie and experience his vision through the eyes and voices of the soldiers, scoundrels, convicts, clergy and free settlers ...

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Margaret Valadian interviewed in 1967

What is the role of interviewers who explore social issues? In this 1967 clip from Four Corners, Margaret Valadian is recognised as the first Aboriginal Australian graduate of the University of Queensland. Here, in the middle of the panel discussion she is questioned by Robert Moore about her personal and professional life.

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William Cuffay: Chartist celebrity

Who was William Cuffay, and why did he frighten the British government so much? This extract from a radio program 'The Isle of Denial: William Cuffay in Van Diemen's Land' tells the story of Chartist leader William Cuffay. It focuses on Cuffay's transportation to Australia and how he continued his political activities once ...

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Significant Individuals - Governor Macquarie

In this sequence of two learning activities, explore the life of Governor Macquarie as a significant person in history. Students examine events, people, politics economics, social structures and settlement patterns of the colonial period. Video content and links to the State Library of NSW's artefacts are used to support ...

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William Cuffay: Chartist, son of a freed slave

Who was William Cuffay? This extract from a radio program 'The Isle of Denial: William Cuffay in Van Diemen's Land' introduces us to Cuffay, the son of a freed Caribbean slave and one of the biggest names in Britain's and Australia's movements for civil rights. It explains that, despite his fame and notoriety in the middle ...

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Ned Kelly

This is a website about Ned Kelly. It explores: his early life, family, the Kelly gang, his armour, his time as a bushranger, the siege at Glenrowan, his capture and the day before he was hung. The resource is presented in three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are ...

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Terracotta Warriors

This learning activity provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history behind the Terracotta Warriors and practise the historical skill of presenting information.

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Convict Road - iTunes app

This app is for iphone. Explore the history of the Old Great North Road World Heritage site. Hear from National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger Sarah Brookes, watch videos and discover the secrets of the Old Great North Road as you follow in the footsteps of the convicts, soldiers and government officials who built the ...

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Learning from Confucius

This learning sequence explores the life and importance of Confucius. Through research, students examine the historical context of the achievements and significance of Confucius and how his sayings are relevant today.

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Closest election in Australia's history

What does it take to become the prime minister of Australia? Find out why, in the August 2010 election, neither one of the two candidates (Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott) was immediately selected as prime minister after all votes were counted. Find out the role independent parliamentarians played in the closest election in ...

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European settlement

This lesson sequence explores European settlement in the Murray-Darling Basin and the establishment of western farming and irrigation. It includes a teacher PowerPoint presentation, separate teacher notes and a student worksheet. This lesson sequence is one in a series exploring aspects of the Murray-Darling Basin and is ...

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Ancient China: geography - how Nu Gua created human beings

This is an animated text accompanied by notes that recounts two myths about the goddess Nu Gua and the Yellow River. The first describes how Nu Gua created human beings, first by making models of the gods from the yellow clay of the river to create the rich and fortunate, and then by flicking droplets of clay to create ...

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Examining the lives of historical figures to help us effect change - unit of work

This is a short unit of work about significant historical figures from Australia's past, the contributions they made and how their actions have affected Australia today. Intended for lower secondary students, the unit is organised around two activities. The first involves a study of Edith Cowan. It serves as a model for ...

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Who was Quong Tart?

In this sequence of two activities, students learn about Quong Tart's contribution to Australian life by examining photographs and responding to questions. Based on Quong Tart's tea house, students redesign their classroom to create their own tea house experience.

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Lives and stories of colonial women

These are the stories of five different Colonial women, Trukanini, Theresa Sutcliffe Mort, Mary Windeyer, Caroline Chisholm and Lola Montez. Hear their stories and look at their portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.