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Cold War games,1999

'Cold War games' is an excerpt from the documentary 'Lies, Spies and Olympics', produced in 1999. 'Lies, Spies and Olympics' studies the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, which have become etched in Australian mythology as a watershed in the nation's sporting, cultural and civic history. But behind the myth is a far more revealing ...

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John le Carré: the Berlin Wall

Imagine the impact of a wall built to divide a city in two: on one side communist East Berlin, on the other the democratic West. Acclaimed spy writer John le Carré witnessed the construction of the Berlin Wall, an icon of the Cold War. Listen to his recollections of this extraordinary event in modern history.

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Building the atomic bomb

The use of atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hastened the surrender of Japan, bringing World War II to an end. The bombs killed more than 100,000 people immediately, while thousands more died of starvation, disease and radioactive exposure in the ensuing months. This US newsreel footage from 1945 presents ...

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Ngapartji Ngapartji: powerful, explosive theatre

Theatre can tell powerful stories. In the 1950s, the early years of the Cold War, some Aboriginal people were removed from their land at Maralinga in South Australia to make way for British atomic testing. Ngapartji Ngapartji, a play combining traditional Aboriginal story-telling and contemporary theatrical styles, explores ...


Evdokia Petrov on the beach, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of Evdokia Petrov, after she and her husband, Vladimir Petrov, had defected from the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and had been granted political asylum in Australia, in 1954. Mrs Petrov is the woman on the left-hand side of the photograph, wearing sunglasses. She is ...


Jam bottling at Cottee's in 1972

This is a black-and-white photograph taken at Cottee's General Foods Ltd jam factory at Leichhardt, New South Wales in 1972. It shows three women working at a jar-filling machine and two women working at a bench.


Cutting up logs at a sawmill in Pemberton in 1946

This is a 1946 photograph of two men operating a mechanical belt-driven circular saw to cut a large half-log lengthways in a sawmill at Pemberton, Western Australia.


Sugar production, c1962 - asset 5

This is a clip taken from silent colour film footage, shot in about 1962, illustrating aspects of sugar production in the Maryborough district of south-east Queensland. A sequence of medium and close-up shots shows three men working in a section of the Maryborough Sugar Factory. Hessian bags are being filled with raw sugar ...


'Petrov sensation', 1954 - part 1 of 6

This black-and-white clip from a newsreel story opens with an intertitle: 'PETROV SENSATION' accompanied by dramatic music. An exterior shot of Parliament House (now Old Parliament House) cuts to a sitting of the House of Representatives followed by close-ups of newspaper headlines relating to the spy scandal. The clip ...


'Petrov sensation', 1954 - part 2 of 6

This black-and-white clip is from a newsreel story about the Petrov spy scandal and shows the two couriers, who had been sent to Australia to bring Mrs Petrov back to the Soviet Union, at Sydney airport. The couriers, identified by the commentary as F Zharkov and V Karpinsky, are shown checking in for the flight. The camera ...


'Petrov sensation', 1954 - part 3 of 6

This black-and-white clip is from a newsreel story about the Petrov spy scandal and shows the hostility of the crowd gathered at Sydney airport on the night of 19 April 1954 when Mrs Petrov was due to fly back to the Soviet Union. The audio reveals the noise of the crowd while airport staff are seen running out fire hoses ...


'Petrov sensation', 1954 - part 6 of 6

This black-and-white clip is from a Cinesound Review newsreel story about the Petrov spy scandal and shows Mrs Petrov and her escorts boarding the plane that is to take her from Australia. The clip begins with scenes of the protesting crowd at Sydney airport. A mid-shot shows a crowd member holding up Mrs Petrov's shoe ...


Australia Post - Meeting the Challenge, 1988: Motivation to compete

This clip shows images of large modern fast delivery vehicles, including spacecraft, as presenter Michael Talbot, then acting deputy state manager of Australia Post in New South Wales, explains that the commercial challenges and competition faced by the recently corporatised Australia Post amount to a 'battle'. Dramatic ...

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1950s nuclear tests: Monte Bello Islands

Discover what happened when British nuclear tests were carried out on Australian territory at the Monte Bello Islands, just 70 kilometres off the Western Australian coast. In 1947, Britain began to develop its own nuclear weapons and in the early 1950s the Australian Liberal-Country Party government led by Robert Menzies ...

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The price of freedom: Americans at war - online exhibition

This is a richly illustrated online exhibition about Americans at war by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. It contains 13 major sections, one comprising up to 18 screens, covering conflicts from the War of Independence (1775-83) to 'new American roles' (1989-present). The exhibition also provides the ...

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Sites2See: Korean War

This resource is a web page containing links to websites, video and other resources about the Korean War including Australia's role in that conflict. Links to background information about the United Nations and the Cold War are also provided.

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UN Peacekeeping

A sample program for Stage 5 Depth Study 6 providing teaching strategies, suggested resources and sample worksheets. United Nations Peacekeeping is designed to provide a clear insight into the formation and working of the United Nations and to Australia’s role within that organisation in the Post-War period. Links toYouTube ...