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Sticker advocating zero population growth, 1977

This is a rectangular paper sticker calling for zero population growth, created in 1977 by the Zero Population Growth organisation in Queensland. 'TROUBLE PARKING?' is printed on along the top in a black jungle-style font on a pink background and 'SUPPORT ZERO POPULATION GROWTH' is printed across the bottom section in a ...


Irish immigrant Martha Bergin's quilt, 1843

This video features curator Deb Tout Smith talking about a quilt in Museum Victoria's collection made in 1843 by Martha Bergin, an Irish immigrant. The curator also discusses Martha's life in some detail. The video contains several still images that help to set the historical scene in which the quilt existed. The video's ...


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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Light rail plan for western Sydney

Long lines of cars, frustrated drivers in peak traffic: familiar? As the population of Australia's major cities continues to rise and spread outwards, increased strain is placed on existing infrastructure such as roads. People often look to government to fix urban problems. Could a light rail system solve Sydney's western ...

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Does Australia's prosperity depend on immigration?

Australia's declining birth rates seem to be threatening its ability to remain economically competitive. What can be done about this? One approach is to increase Australia's population through immigration. Find out about key changes in Australia's population over time. Also discover some of the different views about the ...


Epidemic diseases in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into eight disease categories - influenza; tuberculosis; diphtheria; poliomyelitis; smallpox; whooping cough; measles; and bubonic plague. Some of these occurred in huge epidemics such as the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-19. Some, such as bubonic plague, ...


Loved Up - Endangered, 2005: A black rose

This clip shows Indigenous people responding to the early deaths and high imprisonment rates of Aboriginal men and how these facts relate to the loss of traditional roles and cultural practices. A young woman talks about the loss of her Aboriginal partner and the effect on herself and her children. Then Sasha, Josie and ...


Diphtheria ward of the Melbourne Hospital, Christmas 1900

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in the grounds of the Melbourne Hospital on Christmas Day, 1900. It shows children from the hospital's diphtheria ward seated in a large wicker pushcart. Two nurses, one of whom holds an infant, stand behind the children. On the right of the photograph is a doctor. The photograph ...


Winners - Just Friends, 1985: 'I'm not the one who got pregnant!'

This clip shows a tense scene at a family dinner table, where the parents of two teenage girls are having to defend their decision not to allow their younger daughter, Susan, to attend a party. Susan reacts to the decision by deflecting the argument to her older sister's pregnancy. The next scene takes place in the girls' ...


Least Said, Soonest Mended, 1999: Hide the shame

This clip shows Steve Thomas, the producer and director of the film, interviewing his mother, who polishes the silver tea service that she and her husband were given by their children for their 25th wedding anniversary in the 1960s. His mother laments that she and her husband felt that they could not have a party to celebrate ...


Compass - Pregnant Pause, 2006: Before the revolution

This clip shows black-and-white footage of Australian family and social life in the 1950s including a scene from a Christian wedding and scenes of young couples embracing in parkland. These scenes are intercut with footage of four older middle-class Australian women reflecting on their experiences as young women reaching ...

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Activities: History, Episode 3 - Relationships

This resource for History teachers is focused on relationships and gender issues in Australia. The resource supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 3 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series that investigates the social and political history of postwar Australia through the recollections ...

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Activities: English, Episode 3 - Relationships

This resource for English teachers is focused on relationships and gender issues in Australia. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 3 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series. This series investigates the social and political history of postwar Australia through archival ...


Black Death

This resource is about the plague that broke out in England from 1348-49. It provides an overview of the plague in the British Isles beginning with the initial outbreak in Dorset, which then spread to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The resource includes many contemporary descriptions of the plague, the death toll ...

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MDG 4: reducing child mortality

This teacher resource is a step-through Flash presentation about the 4th Millennium Development Goal of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This goal, known as MDG 4, is about reducing child mortality, with the target of reducing the under-five years old mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015, which ...

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Has the world become a better place?

This interactive resource is a Flash presentation with voice-over that considers whether conditions have improved in developing countries since 1962. The presentation uses an animated scatter plot showing fertility rate and child mortality for all countries from 1962 to 2003 and compares industrialised countries with developing ...

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This is a video resource about urbanisation in which Hans Rosling gives a brief overview of the trends over 40 years and the challenge of avoiding development of slums as more people move from rural areas to cities. The video uses a scatter plot for about 200 countries showing the percentage of the population living in ...


Coastal ecosystems

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource about Great Barrier Reef (GBR) coastal ecosystems looks at the 14 coastal ecosystems that provide a range of ecological services to support the Reef. It covers GBR coastal ecosystem loss, the pressures faced by these ecosystems, including population growth ...

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800,000 years of change

This is an 'animated guide' with voice-over about the changes that have occurred to the environment over the past 800,000 years. The guide has three sections: 800,000 years of change; the last 1,500 years; and 1850 to the present day. It features still images, graphs, text and audio commentary and explains the rising Earth’s ...

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Growth and decay

This is a teacher resource for applications of logarithmic and exponential functions consisting of a website and a PDF with identical content. It contains examples of applications of exponential and logarithmic functions such as radioactive half-life and population growth.