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Listed under:  Chronological order
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Perspectives on the Exxon Valdez oil spill

What happens to the ocean, and to the people who depend upon it, when a massive oil tanker spews oil? In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil spill polluted waterways and killed the fish that locals in Alaska depended upon to make a living. In this 2008 clip, members of the local community explain how, almost two decades later, they ...

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Lang Hancock discovers iron ore on his doorstep

In the 1950s, when Lang Hancock saw mountains that gleamed red, he suspected he'd discovered iron ore, but he never could have predicted how much there was, or how very wealthy he would become. In this clip from 1961, find out how this discovery led to developments that would see Australia become the biggest iron-ore producer ...

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Australia decides: monarchy or republic?

A constitution is the set of rules under which a country is governed. Do you know what a referendum is or what it means to be a constitutional monarchy or a republic? In 1999, Australian voters decided whether the nation would remain a constitutional monarchy or become a republic. Watch as ordinary Australians express their ...

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Whose shoes?

This sequence of 2 learning activities explores the present and the past using photographs of shoes from the State Library of NSW's collection. Students are encouraged to use time sequencing vocabulary e.g. then and now. Activity 1 asks students to compare a variety of shoes for purpose, similarities and differences. The ...

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Luck of the draw: the Vietnam 'birthday ballot'

How would you feel if your birth date was picked out of a barrel, lottery-style, and you were ordered to report for military duty? This was the fate that awaited the men whose birth dates were chosen in the Vietnam ballot. In this clip, watch the process the Australian government put in place to choose men for this life-changing ...

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Timeline of Chinese history and dynasties

This resource includes two types of timelines representing Chinese history. The first is a timeline of Chinese dynasties from 2100 BCE to the present with key events such as the deaths of important figures and the rise of Confucian thought. The second timeline is an outline of Chinese history tracing the different dynasties ...

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Personal timelines

This unit explores the concept and language of time and then moves to using sources to create a personal representation of the passing of time by exploring memory and creating a personal timeline.

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Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

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Allies capture Tobruk: Chester Wilmot reports

The siege of Tobruk took place in North Africa during World War II. Before the siege, Australian forces led the capture of the crucial Mediterranean port from Italian forces. This is an archival clip from a radio broadcast delivered by war correspondent Chester Wilmot. Listen to discover one of the most remarkable accomplishments ...

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Dame Enid Lyons: a pioneer for women in parliament

What would it be like to be one of only two women in an Australian parliament dominated by men? That was the situation in 1943 when Dame Enid Lyons entered the House of Representatives and Dorothy Tangney entered the Senate. Find out what Lyons said about this at the end of her career in 1951.Then listen to an excerpt from ...

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Talking Time: an exploration of time - how we change over time

This integrated lesson sequence that explores the concept and language of time and then moves to using sources and artefacts to show their own personal history. Students will share personal artefacts and those shared from their families to explore concepts of time, history and change.

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Expeditions return home from 'New Holland'

Discover what happens when the expeditions of Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin return home. Both explorers brought back detailed maps and specimens, including live kangaroos and emus, from 'New Holland'. How will each explorer be celebrated and remembered? Watch this clip to find out.

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The Moghul emperors of India

Discover an empire so wealthy that its rulers could construct magnificent palaces with ceilings of silver and jewels set in their walls. In this half-hour video made in 1977, writer and presenter Keith Adam will guide you through the rich history of the last great empire in India before it lost territory to its Hindu neighbours ...

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The Wave Hill walk-off: more than a wage dispute

Visit Wattie Creek at Wave Hill station in 1968. It is two years into the historic strike known as the 'Wave Hill walk-off' led by the Aboriginal Elder Vincent Lingiari. In this black-and-white clip made at the time, listen to Vincent Lingiari and other strikers discuss what they are fighting for. The manager of Wave Hill ...

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Two years after the 1966 Wave Hill walk-off

Visit Wattie Creek at Wave Hill station in 1968. It is two years into the historic strike known as the 'Wave Hill walk-off' led by the Aboriginal Elder Vincent Lingiari. In this black-and-white clip made at the time, listen to Vincent Lingiari and other strikers discuss what they are fighting for. The manager of Wave Hill ...

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Australian teen culture: birth of skateboarding

Since its creation in California in the 1950s, skateboarding, or 'skating', has been more than a sport. Beginning as an activity for surfers when they weren't in the water, it quickly came to represent a culture, and an attitude, all its own. In this clip from 1976, watch Australian teenagers skate the streets and an empty ...

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Higher density housing: design considerations

Why has living in flats or apartments only recently become a popular choice for many Australian city dwellers? In this clip, architect Michael Garbutt explores changes in higher density housing in Sydney from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. He also discusses the potential for such housing to incorporate ...

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Eora: mapping Aboriginal Sydney, 1770-1850

Why are artworks viewed as important sources of historical information? In this clip, you will see a range of artworks created about and by the Eora people, the original inhabitants of Port Jackson (site of today's Sydney Harbour). These artworks were part of a State Library of NSW exhibition in 2006, which was designed ...

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US Civil rights movement

The 1960s witnessed a revolution in the struggle for the rights of African Americans in cities and towns throughout the USA. Investigate the mood of African Americans in Harlem in 1968 following the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Witness lawyers, activists and a police inspector discussing their responses ...

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Charles Darwin - The Australian Connection

This is a multilayered website about Charles Darwin and his important scientific expedition aboard the HMS Begale that included a visit to Australia. The website has interactive sections on Darwin’s journey, understanding weather, using longitude, evolution timeline, and coral reefs. The home page has a series of short ...