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Suffragette cartoon based in a butcher shop, 1900

This cartoon, captioned 'MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB', features the Queensland premier Robert Philp (1851-1922) as a butcher of the 'Democratic Butchering Co'. As he sharpens his knife a small girl approaches bearing the initials WEFA (Women's Equal Franchise Association) on her coat. She leads a lamb with 'A VOTE FOR WOMEN' ...

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Cartoon about women's suffrage, 1900

This black-and-white cartoon from the 17 November 1900 edition of the Queensland federated unions' newspaper The Worker features a caricature of an older woman leaning over a desk, harassing a cowering man seated on the other side. Demanding her promised vote and wielding an umbrella, the woman probably represents Emma ...

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Marvellous Melbourne (website)

This is a website that traces the history of the city of Melbourne from its establishment in 1835 until after the Second World War and into the 1950s.

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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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Deb Tout Smith talks about the Melbourne Story exhibition, 2008

This is a video of Melbourne Museum curator Deb Tout Smith talking about the Melbourne Story exhibition at Melbourne Museum. The video was made in 2008.

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Ancient Chinese example of 'bridge' money, c1000-500 BCE

This is an extremely ancient example of money from China dated around 1000-500 BCE. It is copper alloy proto-money in a boomerang shape with squared-off ends and a single pierced hole at the centre top of a convex curve. This item is 35 mm high x 90 mm wide x 5 mm deep.

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Why I got into politics

In this clip, ex-politicians explain how they got involved in politics and describe their experiences as members of parliament. They discuss the positives, such as having power to make change, and the negatives, such as being away from home a lot. They offer reasons why many Australians are disappointed with politicians.

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Fiona Kinsey talks about the model of Atherton Gardens estate, 2008

This is a video of Museum Victoria curator Fiona Kinsey talking about the model of Atherton Gardens estate on display as part of the Melbourne Story exhibition at Melbourne Museum. The video was made in 2008.

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Introduction to Buddhism

This is an audio and multimedia resource that provides an introduction to Buddhism, explaining its key concepts and history. Four additional topics regarding Buddhism are explained through extensive written text within the resource. There are numerous links to related resources that provide additional background to Buddhism, ...

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Egyptian overseer ushabtis, 1070-712 BCE

This is an overseer ushabtis, made in Egypt sometime between 1070 and 712 BCE. The male mummiform figure is made of Egyptian faience with an exterior pale turquoise-blue glaze. The figure is shown wearing a short headdress and black painted 'seshed' headband knotted at the back. A vertical column of hieroglyphs are handpainted ...

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Egyptian worker ushabtis, 945-715 BCE

This is a worker ushabtis, made at some stage between 945 and 715 BCE. The male mummiform figure is made of Egyptian faience with a blue glaze finish. The figure is shown wearing a headdress and 'seshed' headband knotted at the back. The body is wrapped in bandages with only the head and arms visible, crossed left over ...

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Teeang Wee, 1922

This is a collection of primary source documents about Chinese Australians in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century. It is introduced by the Victorian Letters of naturalisation for Teang Wee, seen here. The document is part of a National Archives online exhibits page showcasing the types of records it ...

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Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

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Outback House - preparing for a wedding

Imagine leaving your home to travel back to a time over 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work as a real station would have in the 1860s. Discover how the station prepares for a wedding.

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Mess hall, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, 1950

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a group of about 40 men seated at long tables in the mess hall at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre.

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Protest badges, c1970-90

These seven badges with coloured social/political messages and graphics were made and worn during the 1970s and 1980s. Five call for the legalisation of marijuana (cannabis). The sixth advocates voting for the Liberal Party and the seventh has an anti-nuclear message.

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False assumptions about people who are blind or have low vision

In this clip, people who are blind or have low vision talk about situations in which they have appreciated offers of help, and situations in which the "help" offered was anything but helpful. They reveal how they have tackled life’s challenges, often in the face of low expectations.

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'Deaf culture is awesome'

In this clip, a range of deaf people describe their life experiences, the effect of hearing aids and implants, and how they communicate through Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and other methods. They reflect on their identities within and beyond the deaf community.

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A history of Museum Victoria

This is a website containing a pictorial introduction to the history of Museum Victoria from 1854 to 2001. The website also contains a selection of essays on collections, research and exhibitions at the Museum over the past century and a half.

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Rogue nation, 2009: NSW in 1819, convict gulag or place of opportunity?

This clip is an excerpt from the 2009 documentary 'Rites of passage', the second of a two-part series entitled 'Rogue nation'. The clip begins with historian Michael Cathcart providing contextual information about England in the early 1800s. He says that in the midst of the industrial revolution, millions of people were ...