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The Balanda and the Bark Canoes, 2006: For the future

This clip from the documentary 'The Balanda and the Bark Canoes' (2006) shows the process of making the film 'Ten Canoes' (2006). Director Rolf de Heer explains in voice-over the effect of kinship laws on casting and the subsequent delays in filming. The clip shows the landscape near Ramingining in Arnhem Land and the camp ...

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A dance in 1923

This is a still taken from the 1923 Australian silent movie, 'The dingo'. It shows five couples dancing.

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Celebrating the end of the Second World War

This is an unposed photograph showing revellers in Canberra celebrating the end of the Second World War in 1945 by dancing the hokey pokey.

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'Trucaninny, wife of Woureddy', 1836

This is a portrait bust (66.0 cm x 42.5 cm x 25.7 cm), by the colonial artist Benjamin Law (1807-90), of an Aboriginal woman. The bust shows the figure from the waist upwards and with the arms truncated just above the elbow. The colouration of the entire work is very dark, with a metallic sheen that suggests that it might ...

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'Woureddy, an Aboriginal chief of Van Diemen's Land', 1836

This is a portrait bust (61.5 cm x 44.5 cm x 29.0 cm), by the colonial artist Benjamin Law (1807-90), of an Aboriginal man. The bust shows the figure from the waist upwards and with the arms truncated just above the elbow. The colouration of the entire work is very dark, with a metallic sheen that suggests that it might ...

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New dance craze in Melbourne, 1956 - asset 1

This is a clip from an item in the weekly episode of the black-and-white Australian newsreel, Cinesound Review, released to cinemas on 29 November 1956. The clip opens with men and women waving at Essendon Airport in Melbourne, then running out onto the tarmac. The commentary announces the arrival of a special assistant ...

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New dance craze in Melbourne, 1956 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from an item in the weekly episode of the black-and-white Australian newsreel, Cinesound Review, released to cinemas on 29 November 1956. The segment opens with close-ups of women wearing long pantaloons under flared skirts twirling in a dance on Essendon Airport tarmac. The commentary muses on the ...

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Eharo (dance mask), 20th century

This is an inverted conical mask created in Papua New Guinea in the early 20th century. It consists of a cane framework, covered with barkcloth, and painted in red, black and white pigment. On the front is a face with a wide open, beak-like mouth, bordered with a red rim. The nose and forehead create a red T-shape. Two ...

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The Black Swan - Meryl Tankard, 1995: New vocabulary

This clip shows a sign outside the premises of the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide in 1995. Meryl Tankard, then artistic director of the theatre, describes her approach to dance and her techniques for working with dancers. The interview is intercut with footage of dancers in rehearsal with various props, ...

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'Music', 1928

This linocut print shows five stylised nudes - a pianist and four dancers - bending and swaying wildly to the rhythms of the music. The patterns made by their outstretched ochre bodies interact with bands of red, blue and green that sweep from several directions in arcs across the page to produce a dynamic and decorative ...

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What the world is made of

Use the 'particle model' to explore properties of matter. Compare the arrangement and movement of particles in the three phases of matter: solids, liquids and gases. Explore how substances can change between the three phases. For example, look at what happens when water changes state through a physical process such as melting ...

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What the world is made of: particles, heat and movement

Explore how substances are affected by temperature. Notice that particles vibrate more as temperature rises. Observe that some solids conduct heat better than others. Note that solids expand when they are heated. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Going down and burning up

Bring the Hubble Telescope back to Earth for repairs. Build a heat shield to protect the space telescope from burning up. Choose a material that will not easily burn, melt or transfer heat.