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Life in the Great Depression - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea uses film and firsthand accounts of the Great Depression to help students empathise with people who lived through this difficult period. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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My Place - Episode 8: 1938: Colum, The dole inspector

The dole inspector is a feared authority in the neighbourhood where Colum and his family live. When the alarm is given that he is on his way, the families hide any evidence of making a living. The dole inspector could enter the homes of people receiving the dole and tell them to leave their house or sell their belongings.

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Struggle for women's rights

This clip reflects the impact of women's liberation in the late 1960s and 1970s. Germaine Greer is seen in the first part of the clip explaining that women's 'happiness' in child rearing is really resignation and patience, which is rapidly running out. Susan Magarey and Sue Sheridan describe the exhilaration of campaigning ...

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African Americans and 'white man's welfare'

Examine the daily struggle faced by African Americans living in poverty in Harlem in the 1960s. Single mother Kitty Fernelle provides for herself and her three children with the help of welfare (social services payments) and the support of her local church. At the same time, activist African Americans are calling for black ...

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Discovering democracy: people and events of the first parliament

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to examine the role of particular individuals who were involved in not only the ceremonies but also the business of Australia’s first parliament. Investigate the library to find out more about the issues which the first parliament dealt with and its response to these issues. ...

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Homelessness: two points of view

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of providing housing for homeless people. Review two points of view on the issue and the arguments that support them. Gather facts and opinions from a consultant and local people. Consider issues such as social equity, welfare, compassion and employment. Recommend the best course ...

Interactive resource

Homelessness: three points of view

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of providing housing for homeless people. Review three points of view on the issue and the arguments that support them. Gather facts and opinions from a consultant and local people. Consider issues such as social equity, welfare, compassion and employment. Recommend the best ...

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Pensions For Veterans, 1953: Veterans of the waterfront

This is a black-and-white narrated clip from a 1953 documentary produced by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit. It portrays the physically demanding work of waterside workers and asks what fate awaits veterans who cease work. A montage of close-up scenes and orchestral music depicts younger wharfies working ...

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Pensions For Veterans, 1953: 'The price of profit'

This black-and-white narrated clip from a 1953 documentary produced by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit highlights excerpts from a 1945 medical report on the health of waterside workers. It also shows scenes that reveal past and present dangers of working on the waterfront. Footage depicts men straining ...

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Women at the soup kitchen in Melbourne, 1930

This is an except from a 1930 silent film about the soup kitchens, which were set up in Melbourne to help the victims of the Great Depression (1929-39). The excerpt shows women, some with children, coming to a soup kitchen to get a cup of tea and some food.

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Feeding the unemployed during the Depression

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of unemployed men receiving cups of tea and food parcels from volunteer women charity workers in Melbourne during the Great Depression. A close-up of tea being poured is followed by a pan across men seated in rows and drinking the tea.

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Members of the Junior Red Cross, 1957

This is a black-and-white photograph of four young members of the Junior Red Cross, taken in 1957 by the Australian News and Information Bureau. The four young girls are dressed in nursing-style uniforms and carry tissue boxes and other goods.

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Campaign speech by John Curtin, 1937

This is a 1937 federal election campaign speech by John Curtin, then Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament. Curtin sets out his vision for Australia under a Labor government, promising a government that will tackle the 'twin evils' of poverty and war. The speech lasts about ten minutes.

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Anthony Hordern's advertising campaign, 1920 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white silent film advertisement for the huge Sydney department store and household goods manufacturer, Anthony Hordern and Sons. The clip shows children watching a stage performance in which, against a backdrop of painted eucalypts, a man in a dinner suit is probably presenting a song ...

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Trades Hall relief for families in poverty, c1917 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a segment in the silent black-and-white newsreel Australasian Gazette. The segment is entitled 'MELBOURNE / Distributing relief to women / and children and / unemployed at the / Trades Hall, Melbourne' and this excerpt contains four sequences. First, a group of people, mainly men, climb stairs to ...

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Scenes from the Great Depression, c1930s - asset 1

This is a clip from black-and-white silent documentary footage of unknown origin. It shows women queuing, possibly in Melbourne, to receive bedding during the Great Depression (1929-38).

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Rosie, 2004: Reunited

This clip shows Rosie Fraser, a member of the Stolen Generations, talking about her life. She recalls meeting her sister Beverley for the first time since they were separated in early childhood. Photographs of Rosie's wedding and of her four children are shown as Rosie explains that her uncertainty about her identity led ...

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Paying for the Past, 2000: 'We want an apology'

This clip shows the staff and offices of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and explores the work of the organisation in seeking restitution for Holocaust survivors from the Second World War, including those who were slave labourers in German industry. Karen Heilig from the Claims Conference makes ...

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A Brief Survey of the Activities of the Brisbane City Mission, c1939: Shelter, food and clothing

This clip from a black-and-white sponsored film shows 1930s footage of slum dwellings in Brisbane, including corrugated iron shacks and terrace houses with 'rooms to let' signs, a group of men queuing and jostling for food parcels and women donating and receiving clothes at the Brisbane City Mission. The voice-over narration ...

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The Foundation 1963-1977: Raising the Foundation

This clip shows interviews with Indigenous activists Joyce Clague, Charles (Chicka) Dixon and others, who discuss the services the Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs provided for Indigenous Australians, particularly those who had just moved to Sydney, and how they raised the funds for the organisation. The footage begins ...