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November Victory, 1955: 'A fair go for the working people'

This clip from a black-and-white narrated and dramatised 1955 documentary by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit, shows the WWF 1954 campaign to unite workers and the public behind their fight against the 1954 amendments to the 1949 Stevedoring Act. Waterside workers' wives support the cause by packing food ...

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November Victory, 1955

This black-and-white narrated and dramatised clip from a 1955 documentary made by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit recounts the story of the waterside workers' victory in rendering the 1954 amendment to the Stevedoring Act of 1949 unworkable. Scenes show the Bill's signing, the WWF leader Jim Healy speaking, ...

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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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Dams and dolphins on the Mekong?

If the Lao Government's plans are realised, nine hydropower dams will be built across the Mekong River in Laos, and more across its tributaries. The government wants the country to become the 'battery of Asia'. With this dream comes a host of issues. Listen to reasons why the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) suggests hydro-dam ...

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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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First sign of climate change

This is a video resource describing the rapid loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, which has warmed at twice the global rate over the last 50 years. The video features footage of the Arctic and some of the wildlife dependent on that environment, and makes effective use of time-lapse animation to show the dramatic reduction ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 2 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white dramatised Australian documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve their working conditions in the early 1950s. Set to music, with a brief voice-over by Australian actor Leonard Teale, ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 7 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions. Actors posing as wealthy shipowners and their wives attend a lavish candle-lit dinner, making toasts ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 11 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions in the early 1950s. It shows men and cars outside the 'Waterside Employment Centre' in Napoleon Street, ...

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A Big Country - On the Hook, 1976: ‘They look after you down here’

This clip shows the effect of mechanisation on the working conditions of wharf labourers in the 1970s with footage of overhead cranes, containers being lifted on and off ships and interviews with men who are seen attaching crane hooks to offload cargo. Some close-ups show a man's hand operating controls on a large machine ...

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Banners Held High, 1956: May Day

This colour narrated clip from a 1956 documentary film produced by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit focuses on Sydney's May Day celebrations honouring the achievements of workers across the world. It shows men at work, banners being prepared for the May Day march and footage of the march itself, accompanied ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 1 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve their working conditions in the early 1950s. The film opens with a shot of the Australian coat of arms on old Parliament ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 10 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions in the early 1950s. A cord is pulled and a whistle emits steam. Two men look up from inside a bag-filled ...

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Dayak drummers, Long Hubung, 1996

This is a colour photograph showing a welcome ceremony in the village of Long Hubung on the Mahakam River in East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Two Bahau Dayak men are playing traditional Dayak instruments. One man is seated on a length of hardwood generally used for pounding rice. The men wear traditional woven hats ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 6 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions in the early 1950s. In the excerpt, actors portray wealthy shipowners and their wives during the Great ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 9 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve their working conditions in the early 1950s. On board a ship, waterside workers guide a crane's hook into the cargo hold. ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 8 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions. This clip re-creates an unemployed protest march of 1931. The opening shot is of a man moving down ...