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Collection from the NSW Women's Christian Temperance Union office, 1882-1990

This is a banner from the former office of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of NSW. The banner has a royal blue background with gold tassels on the scalloped lower edge. On the top are five loops for hanging the banner. Painted in gold on the banner is: ' CHRISTIAN / TEMPERANCE UNION / SYDNEY / BRANCH / ORGANISED ...


Abstinence Society medal, c1885

This is a general-purpose gilt medal, minted by Stokes and Martin and issued by the Australian abstinence movement. It includes the Lord's Prayer on the obverse and on the reverse an abstinence pledge: 'I PROMISE / NOT TO USE ANY / INTOXICATING / LIQUORS AS A / BEVERAGE'. Above the pledge is a depiction of two hands shaking. ...

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Teenage drinking in the 1970s

Do you think that Australian teenagers drink too much alcohol? If so, do you think this is a new problem? Discover what teenagers thought about such drinking back in the 1970s. This ABC program from 1977 looks at the issue of teenage drinking, some possible reasons for it and some of the social problems arising from it.

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Drinking the substitute

While working as a barmaid, Cara Ferguson formed strong views about alcohol. Listen to her Heywire audio story and consider how she represents heavy drinking. Find out her attitude to the glamorisation of alcohol consumption and the downplaying of dangers associated with it. How does she maximise the impact of her views?<br ...

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Rethinking drinking alcohol

'High Sobriety', a book that journalist Jill Stark wrote about her experiences after deciding to stop drinking, provoked a lively discussion on the First Tuesday Book Club. All panellists were affected by the work. Have any books changed your life or made you question your beliefs and behaviour?

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Living without alcohol

Do you think Australian society is partly defined by its attitude to alcohol consumption? 'High Sobriety' tells the story of journalist Jill Stark's experiences after her decision to stop drinking. Watch First Tuesday Book Club panellists discuss aspects of this account of sobriety and the effect it's had on them.

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Wasted by alcohol abuse

Consuming alcohol affects our bodies. Find out what alcohol actually does inside the human body and the organ that 'fights' to reduce its harmful effects. Discover why alcohol is literally a 'waste' product.

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The Sven Callaway Show: drugs

Watch a talk show host interviewing people about drug issues: students, health experts and a studio audience. Look at drug usage, health effects and peer pressure. Explore a range of opinions including 'way out' ideas. Notice how people interpret facts differently. Research a topic, then describe your views on the key issues. ...


Minymaku Way, 2000: 'It doesn't belong to us'

The clip shows a meeting of the executive of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council and an example of its work in central Australian communities. The voice-over explains the role of the Council in giving women an opportunity to discuss issues and take action. The clip shows Anangu women speaking ...


Conquest of the Pacific

This is an excerpt from the 1928 black-and-white silent documentary entitled 'Conquest of the Pacific', which celebrates the first flight across the Pacific. An intertitle 'Excited crowds await the ''Southern Cross'' at Brisbane.' introduces scenes of the 'Southern Cross' taxiing to a stop. A second intertitle 'Captain ...


Crowds at a football match

This footage is from a black-and-white silent newsreel or documentary about Australian football. It shows crowd scenes from a game probably in 1928 at what appears to be half time.


Melbourne street scene in 1921

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white silent documentary filmed in Collins Street, in Melbourne, in 1921. The first scene shows two men driving an open car. They are following a cameraman in an unseen vehicle and large clouds of exhaust emissions are visible. The next six scenes focus upon crowds moving along a Melbourne ...


A field hospital in the Second World War, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 12.0 cm x 16.5 cm, taken in the 1940s during the Second World War, showing a tent field hospital. There are convalescing soldiers in iron beds, an orderly and two female nurses. One of the soldiers has a bandage around his head. The photograph was taken by the famous Australian ...


Lounge car, Sydney-Melbourne express, 1962

This is a black-and-white photograph of the lounge on the 'Southern Aurora', the Sydney-Melbourne express train, in 1962. The photograph shows a waiter serving drinks to two seated passengers, while a third passenger sits nearby; there are three other passengers in the background.


Yolngu Boy, 2000: Petrol sniffing

This clip shows Botj (Sean Mununggurr), who has broken into the Women's Community Centre, sniffing petrol. As he looks at a painting with traditional Indigenous symbols he begins to hallucinate and then goes on a rampage, smashing up the Centre. He attacks a painting of his totem, Baru the crocodile, venting his anger on ...


Rites of Passage, 1994: Teen smoking

This clip shows two teenagers together, then cuts to an interview with the young man in which he discusses his reasons for smoking and how it affects his parents. Teenagers are then shown smoking outdoors and blowing smoke into the camera while addressing comments through the camera to their parents. A young woman sitting ...


I'll Be Home for Christmas, 1984: An alcoholic Christmas Day

This clip shows a group of men sitting around a table in a park on Christmas Day, drinking and smoking as they listen to previously recorded interviews with themselves on the radio. The men's voices are heard as they talk about a variety of issues, including the meaning of Christmas and their relationships with their families. ...


Australia Today - Lucky Strike … and Other Segments, 1938: The fatal hour

This black-and-white newsreel clip shows a comic depiction of two men working on a building site. One checks his watch and they rush to a pub before the doors are closed at 6 pm. The men are permitted to enter the pub and are given 20 minutes' drinking time before being asked to leave. The men drink quickly and then leave ...


Caddie, 1976: Six o'clock swill

This clip shows men jostling for beer in a Sydney pub in the lead-up to 6 pm, after which no more drinks are served. A fight breaks out when one man suggests that Caddie (Helen Morse) would be 'quicker on the bloody pick-up' than at serving him beer, quipping that she is 'only a bloody barmaid'. The publican announces closing ...

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Liver: micronodular cirrhosis

This is a high-resolution image of a section of tissue from the University of New South Wales Virtual Slide Repository. These resources can be manipulated like prepared microscope slides. They can be viewed at selected magnifications of up to 40 times, and in some cases the apparent illumination of the specimen can be varied. ...