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Henry Lawson, c1912

This black-and-white photographic portrait shows the Australian poet and short-story writer Henry Lawson. His thin face, dominated by his characteristic bushy moustache, is turned away from the camera and he stares into the distance in a pose of contemplation and sadness. Sitting cross-legged on an upholstered bench and ...


The writer's craft

This collection of ten digital curriculum resources focuses on prominent Australian writers speaking about their craft. The writers discuss what they consider to be essential ingredients for creating successful works, including research, discipline, authenticity, memory and imagination. The items cover the perspectives ...


Norman Lindsay, 1945

This is a black-and-white portrait photograph of the famous Australian artist, sculptor, illustrator and author, Norman Lindsay, when he was aged 66. It was taken by the Commonwealth Department of Information Central Office, later known as the Australian News and Information Bureau.

Teacher resource

Exploring biographical writing

The 'Biography' section of the Civics and Citizenship Education website presents biographical writing as an accessible and lively way to explore Australian history and society. It contains short biographies of prominent Australians, both contemporary and historical, and lesson plans for reading and analysing biographical ...


Staff god of Rarotonga, c1800

This is the carved upper section of a Rarotongan rakau atua (staff god), dating from about 1800. It is made of wood and features a large, smooth head with stylised eyes, mouth and ears, and a curved neck with notches on the outer side. Five smaller figures are carved on the shaft. They are (from top to bottom): a full-face ...


Portrait of Dame Mary Gilmore, 1928

This is a colour portrait of Dame Mary Gilmore at the age of 63, painted by artist Adelaide E Perry in 1928. Dame Mary Gilmore (1865-1962) was a socialist author, poet, activist and reformer. In the portrait she is depicted wearing spectacles, a colourful dress or shirt clasped with a brooch, and a black coat or jacket. ...


Australian writer Miles Franklin, c1905

This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 12.0 cm x 9.7 cm, of Miles Franklin (1879-1954), taken around 1905. Franklin is standing in a formal pose, looking straight at the camera with hands clasped in front and holding what appears to be a feather fan. She is wearing a blouse with short, puffed sleeves and lace trim. ...


Australian writer Miles Franklin, c1901

This is a black-and-white mounted photograph showing a three-quarter-length portrait of Miles Franklin (1879-1954). She is dressed in a dark, tailored suit and is standing side on to the camera, facing to the right. Her head is turned towards the camera and she is holding a dark parasol under her left arm, military-style. ...


'aumakau hulu manu (feathered god image), Hawai'i, late 1700s

This is an 'aumakau hulu manu, or feathered god image, from Hawai'i, probably made in the late 1700s. The framework is covered in mostly red i'iwi (scarlet Hawaiian honeycreeper, 'Vestiaria coccinea') feathers, with white feathers prominent along the top and down the central crest. Black and yellow feathers are also present. ...


Franklin family homestead, Brindabella, 1885

This is a watercolour, measuring 21.5 cm x 29.0 cm, of Brindabella homestead in the Monaro region of New South Wales, where Australian author Miles Franklin spent her childhood. It shows a modest cottage in the centre with its surrounding fence and garden. In the right foreground are two tall trees and the figures of a ...


David Unaipon, c1924

This is a black-and-white photograph of Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon, taken in about 1924. It is a half-portrait of him dressed in a suit coat and tie, and a light-coloured shirt with a high-winged collar. It is signed 'David Unaipon' at the bottom.


Moodeitj Yorgas, 1988: My place

This clip shows three prominent Indigenous women. Writer Sally Morgan and singer Lois Olney talk about their lives, and activist Ulli (Helen) Corbett discusses concerns such as the deaths in custody of Indigenous women. The clip is from an experimental documentary film and the women's voices here are deliberately out of ...


Masterpiece Special - Salman Rushdie, 1996: Cities

This clip shows part of an interview with the writer Salman Rushdie conducted by arts journalist and television presenter the late Andrea Stretton, during which they discuss issues of cultural diversity arising from the publication of his novel 'The Moor's Last Sigh'. They sit opposite one another in a television studio ...


Colleen McCullough outlines what makes a good writer, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough outlining what she believes makes a good writer. She shares her belief that some children with potential as writers do not have parents or teachers who are supportive, while others with little talent are 'over encouraged'. Stating ...


Colleen McCullough discusses the importance of research, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough discussing the importance of research for a writer. McCullough explains that research for her own 'Masters of Rome' series of novels involved reading 'literally hundreds' of books by both modern and ancient writers. She stresses that ...


Is writing a play different from writing a novel?

Have you ever thought about what it is like to be a professional writer? What different writing skills would you need to be a playwright or a novelist for example? Listen as novelist Chika Unigwe and playwright Bryony Lavery talk about the differences between writing novels and plays.

Moving Image

Creating Australian stories: author May Gibbs

How do storybook writers, illustrators and cartoonists find their inspiration? Find out how May Gibbs, a famous Australian author and illustrator, used the Australian bush to create the children's classic 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' and the 'Gumnut Babies'.


The Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales

Can you remember the fairy tales you were told as a child? Stories like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty or Little Red Riding Hood? Have you ever wondered where they came from? Find out about the Brothers Grimm, who they were, how they collected Grimm's fairy tales, and more.

Interactive Resource

Syllabus bites – responding to literature

A web page with information, teacher guides and resources on responding to texts. This resource supports the NSW English K-10 syllabus.


Paul Ham: History and memory

In this resource Paul Ham talks about history and memory.