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Old Bernie's Pond

Clean up Old Bernie's Pond. See how it has become polluted and invaded by introduced species. Restore the pond by choosing actions such as planting native species and removing sources of pollution. Look at the effects of each change. Earn points to get a certificate.

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Preston Market in Melbourne, 1970

This is a black-and-white image from a negative depicting a section of the Preston Market in Melbourne. A number of people are shown in a courtyard, sitting on benches, walking with children or pushing infants in strollers. The courtyard is surrounded by the glass fronts of various shops, including takeaway and food shops. ...

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A growing community

In the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda, a community garden has sprung up. Just a short walk from a bustling retail precinct, it's a green oasis in an unexpected location. And apart from some amazing produce, this garden is also growing something else: a stronger and more connected community.

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Putting down roots

Adjacent to a block of high-rise flats in Richmond, a new community is flowering. Local people, many of whom have recently arrived in Australia, are meeting in the shared space of their community gardens. In this place, language and cultural barriers disappear as friendships grow. See how in this clip from 2005.

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Now you're cooking with biogas!

Biogas is a renewable form of energy. In India, it's being made from cow dung and is contributing to the improved wellbeing of the nation's poorest communities. See how the use of appropriate technology can help to break the cycle of poverty.

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Hot food menu, Old Lolly Shop, Carlton North, c1955-66

This is a retail sign for a hot-food menu, painted in black and red on celluloid. The word 'HOT' is written above a list of the foods and their prices. 'Ready Now' is written at the bottom. The sign is part of the Old Lolly Shop Collection at Museum Victoria. It measures 30 cm long x 16.30 cm wide.

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Turtle rehabilitation in Cairns, 2013

Discover how a community is working together to give sick and injured turtles in North Queensland a second chance at life. Storms and cyclones in North Queensland have had a serious impact on local habitats and wildlife, and turtles have suffered greatly. Watch this clip to see how turtles are being cared for, as well as ...

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Rescuing the past in Farina

The Australian outback is dotted with ghost towns and forgotten settlements. But Farina in South Australia is different to most. Here, volunteers return on a regular basis to help keep Farina on the map. Watch this clip to find out more about the special connections that people have to this place and reasons for the town's demise.

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Children dressed as elves at Merrigum, c1910

This image depicts a group of five children dresses as 'brownies' (little elves or sprites). They are sitting cross-legged on a wooden bench in a bushy garden, wearing cone hats and carrying large 'leaves'. It is part of the Lilian Louisa Pitts collection at Museum Victoria, which is a lively record of life in a small fruit-growing ...

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Banner extension for Women on Farms Gatherings in Victoria, from 2005

This is a banner extension for the Women on Farms Gathering perpetual banner, made for Gatherings held in Victoria from 2005. Patches are created and sewn to the banner by members of each new Gathering committee or by people from their community. The banner extension measures 238.0 cm (height) x 49.6 cm (width).

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Extended Papadimitropoulos family picnic in park, c1964

This is a black-and-white photograph of an extended family picnic in an unknown park, in about 1964. The men, women and children are members of the large Melbourne Greek community. They lie happily on rugs on a sunny day, surrounded by trees. This image was collected as part of the museum's 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' ...

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Growing up in the Ord River Valley

Katie Innes takes us on a trip back in time to where she grew up. She shows us a series of photographs from the Ord River Valley near Kununurra, in Western Australia. Over the years people have made major changes to the environment in this place. Katie wonders whether all of their efforts will prove worthwhile in the long run. 

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Record dry spell puts farmers under the pump

Australian farmers cope with all sorts of challenges, including lack of rainfall. But what happens when drought persists for longer than usual? In this clip we investigate the effects of a record dry spell on the wellbeing of rural communities in New South Wales in 2003.

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A city without a heart?

Iconic but sterile. Nationally significant yet isolated. The city of Canberra regularly seems to divide opinion. Watch this clip and take an intriguing look at life in Canberra at the start of the 1970s. As you'll see, arguments about the liveability of Canberra are nothing new.

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Self-help housing in Bangalore

Is it possible to break the cycle of poverty? The Sunnadagudu community in Bangalore, India believe so. With a little outside help from an NGO (non-government organisation), they're converting their shacks into houses. Find out how this project is not only putting a permanent roof over their heads but is creating a range ...

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Difference Differently: getting to know others

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore the benefits and challenges of interacting with people from different cultural, religious and/or social backgrounds. It looks at cross-cultural communication and the challenges that can occur when people from different backgrounds interact. It ...

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Famine and aid: Ethiopia

The Live Aid concert in 1985 drew attention to Ethiopia's terrible drought and famine. When this clip was made decades later in 2008, the developing nation was still experiencing widespread hunger. See how charitable aid can impact on the lives of those in less developed countries.

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Banner for Women on Farms Gatherings in Victoria, 1990-2004

This is the Women on Farms Gathering perpetual banner, displaying 15 patches that illustrate Women on Farms Gatherings in Victoria from 1990 to 2004. The banner includes patches from Warragul (1990), Sea Lake (1991), Numurkah (1992), Tallangatta (1993), Glenormiston (1994), Swan Hill (1995), Ararat (1996), Bendigo (1997), ...

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Elizabeth Cohen in the Old Lolly Shop, Carlton North, c1950

This is a black-and-white photograph of Elizabeth Cohen in her milk bar in North Carlton. She wears a dark coat with a star-shaped brooch on the lapel. In the background there are shelves filled with jars and packets of lollies and other items.

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Male retail employees serving customers at a hardware store, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting a group of male retail workers serving customers at the counter of a hardware store. Various goods are displayed around the store, including cookware, gardening equipment and basketry. At left is a man behind a large wooden counter who appears to be serving ...