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Laminated glass sculpture, 'The Beginning of the End', c1995

This is a glass collage exploring the theme of birth and the intensity of life through a chaotic and colourful juxtaposition of glass assembled then fired. the panel is: 86.5 cm x 24.0 cm.

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First Australians, episode 2: Her will to survive, 2008

This resource features three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips describe the life and historical context of Tasmanian woman Truganini. The first clip focuses on how she survived in the late 1820s and early 1830s; the second analyses the emerging theory of social Darwinism in the colonial period; ...

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First Australians, episode 5: Unhealthy government experiment, 2008

In this resource are three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips describe aspects of the treatment of Aboriginal people from the late 1890s onwards, especially in Western Australia. They focus particularly on removals - how men and older boys were removed from their country and taken away to prison ...

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First Australians, episode 6: A fair deal for a dark race, 2008

This resource features three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips describe how Aboriginal activists worked to achieve social reform and human rights in the period 1930 to 1987. The first clip focuses on how government bureaucracies controlled the lives of Indigenous people and on the emerging activism ...

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First Australians, episode 7: We are no longer shadows, 2008

This resource features three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips focus on Eddie 'Koiki' Mabo's land claim. The first clip describes the background to his struggle for land rights and its context in the civil rights movement; the second highlights Queensland legislation to try to block the claim ...

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Impact of Javanese expansion on Irian Jaya

In the modern world, is it possible to protect an indigenous culture from population growth and economic expansion? This 1995 news report explains that, as migrants make their way from Java to Irian Jaya and mining companies seek to exploit the land, the traditional life of the indigenous Dani people is under threat.

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Defeat of the Inca Empire Conquistador

Imagine a thriving society: food is abundant, roads connect cities replete with gold and silver, and large and powerful armies protect the rulers of millions of citizens. In this clip from the 1985 documentary 'Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon', reporter Jack Pizzey considers how such a successful society was subdued ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the difficulty of handling refugee cases, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing the difficulty of handling refugee cases. Merkel outlines how criteria from the UN refugee convention are used to make a judgement about whether a person is a genuine refugee. He explains that 'it's a very imperfect process' ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the phrase 'washed away by the tide of history', 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing a High Court of Australia judge's statement that a person's right to native title may have been 'washed away by the tide of history'. Merkel describes the expression, used by one of the judges in the Mabo native title case, ...

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Batman Land Deed, 1835

This is a handwritten document in dark-brown ink on vellum, being one of two deeds signed by local Indigenous people and the Port Phillip Association in 1835. It is known as the 'Dutigalla' or 'Melbourne Deed'. The text begins with 'Know all Persons ...' in bold and encased in scrolls. In the lower right corner are eight ...

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Merrepen, 2005: The other side of the river

This clip shows Marrfurra, a local artist, talking about the history and the present-day life of the Nauiyu Nambiyu community (formerly known as the Daly River Mission) in the Northern Territory. There is footage of the Daly River, and women collecting bush tucker and working in the Merrepen Arts Centre. Marrfurra talks ...

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Loved Up - Endangered, 2005: A black rose

This clip shows Indigenous people responding to the early deaths and high imprisonment rates of Aboriginal men and how these facts relate to the loss of traditional roles and cultural practices. A young woman talks about the loss of her Aboriginal partner and the effect on herself and her children. Then Sasha, Josie and ...

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Resistance - unit of work

In this unit students explore some of the ways museums tell stories of resistance by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to British colonisation. Students investigate the profound change the arrival of British colonists caused to the lives of Indigenous Australians. Through comparing text and perspective, students ...

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'Hut door', 1850s

This is a circular pencil drawing on coloured scraper board, measuring 22.7 cm in diameter. It was drawn in the 1850s by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80). It depicts a European family of mother, father and small daughter interacting with an elderly Indigenous Australian man and two Indigenous children in front of the door of ...

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'John Batman's famous treaty with the blacks', c1914

This is a black-and-white engraving, measuring 40.4 cm x 57 cm, made by George Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) in about 1914. It depicts John Batman (1801-39) and an elderly Indigenous Australian man leaning over what is probably a treaty document on the decayed trunk of a large fallen tree. They are surrounded by 16 men, many ...

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'Coming and going (paths in time)', 2004

This is the first in a set of ten mixed-media panels, each measuring 48 cm x 36 cm, by Darryl Pfitzner Milika. The set of panels is titled 'Impact: an illustrated Aboriginal history' and was completed in 2004. This panel is dominated by a series of white curved shapes that slot into one another and that wind through the ...

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'A different vision', 2004

This is the second in a set of ten mixed-media panels, each measuring 48 cm x 36 cm, by Darryl Pfitzner Milika. The set of panels is titled 'Impact: an illustrated Aboriginal history' and was completed in 2004. This panel depicts a floating half-sphere, set against a sky that is bright yellow-orange at the bottom of the ...

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'Reverence (and respect)', 2004

This is the third in a set of ten mixed-media panels, each measuring 48 cm x 36 cm, by Darryl Pfitzner Milika. The set is titled 'Impact: an illustrated Aboriginal history' and was completed in 2004. This panel depicts a landscape of a wave-like cliff formation set against a night sky with a crescent moon. Two small dark-skinned ...

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'Inma - illuminating country', 2004

This is the fourth in a set of ten mixed-media panels, each measuring 48 cm x 36 cm, by Darryl Pfitzner Milika. The set is titled 'Impact: an illustrated Aboriginal history' and was completed in 2004. This panel depicts a featureless brown landscape under a dark night sky that is scattered with stars and in which is a falling ...

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'(a) salt waves', 2004

This is the fifth in a set of ten mixed-media panels, each measuring 48 cm x 36 cm, by Darryl Pfitzner Milika. The set is titled 'Impact: an illustrated Aboriginal history' and was completed in 2004. This panel depicts a small, dark-skinned figure on a white beach, looking up at an enormous curling wave, its outer edge ...