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My Place - Episode 13: 1888: Victoria, The horse and carriage

Miss Müller is picked up by the newly furbished horse and carriage owned by the Müller Horse & Carriage Company. Victoria follows the carriage until Miss Müller is let off at the cemetery. Victoria runs into the Irish tradesman and learns that her father is having financial difficulties. This is also confirmed when she ...


Jessie Street, 1889-1970

This is a collection of primary and secondary sources about Jessie Street, a prominent 20th-century human rights campaigner known as ‘Red Jessie’. The collection is introduced by the black-and-white passport photograph seen here that links to a richly documented biography on a showcase called 'Uncommon lives'. The showcase ...


Reactions to women's liberation, 1970s

This clip is about the social changes and legislative reforms initiated by the feminist revival of the 1970s and how Australian men and women responded to them. It begins with BA Santamaria, a conservative commentator of the time, arguing that mothers should stay in the home to care for their children. Young men in the ...


Finding love in the women's movement

In this clip, Susan Magarey and Sue Sheridan describe how their sexual orientation as lesbians and their close relationship became established. The clip explores their meeting at a women's studies conference in 1981 and the difficulties of coming out. Magarey explains how she initially thought of herself as bisexual while ...


Struggle for women's rights

This clip reflects the impact of women's liberation in the late 1960s and 1970s. Germaine Greer is seen in the first part of the clip explaining that women's 'happiness' in child rearing is really resignation and patience, which is rapidly running out. Susan Magarey and Sue Sheridan describe the exhilaration of campaigning ...

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Makeup and manners: roles for 12-year-old girls

How have society's expectations of young women changed in since the 1970s? This report from the ground-breaking current affairs program This Day Tonight provides an indication of the sorts of opportunities available to young women in the 70s.

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Alvin Toffler discusses women's liberation

How was Australian society affected by the women's liberation movement in the 1960s and 70s? One issue, the struggle for women to access the same opportunities as men, caused much uncertainty about the future of the family. In this clip, writer and futurist Alvin Toffler offers his unique take on women's liberation and ...

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Germaine Greer and women's liberation, 1970

Discover what it was like for women who spoke up for equal rights in 1970. Germaine Greer's 'The Female Eunuch' was first published in that year. It would inspire many to challenge traditional views of female and male roles. Listen as, in 1970, Greer expresses her ideas and several Australian women and girls say what they ...

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Do women's rights threaten men's domains?

Explore the attitudes of Australian men towards the rights of Australian women in the 1960s. Could women's rights threaten those of men's or were such fears typical of gender discrimination? This clip from 1965 investigates the reactions of Queensland men to the suggestion that women should be allowed to drink in public ...

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Women 'rattle the chains' in public bars

Imagine a time in the not too distant past when Australian women were not allowed to drink in public bars. Such gender discrimination was still enforced by law in Queensland in the 1960s. This clip from 1965 reports on an incident in which Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner defied the law by chaining themselves to a public ...

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Not a place for the 'gentler sex'

Why weren't women allowed to drink in the public bars of Queensland hotels in the 1960s? What social beliefs and attitudes would justify such a prohibition? This clip presents responses from a bar attendant and two politicians to a famous protest against the ban in 1965. The clip is third in a series of three.

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Just for girls? Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca'

Gender and its representation is a significant concern for many writers, readers and critics. Some dismissed Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel 'Rebecca' as a romantic novel, but du Maurier insisted that she was exploring deeper issues of jealousy and power in relationships. Explore these different readings in this discussion. ...


'Damn feminists' cartoon by Judy Horacek, 1997

This cartoon by Judy Horacek subverts gender stereotypes in fairytales. In the cartoon a princess stands on top of a defeated dragon, holding the lance that she used to kill it. A knight rides by, thinking 'Damn feminists'. The cartoon measures 297 mm x 210 mm. It was first published in 1997 in the journal 'Women against ...


Chequerboard Revisited - I Reckon I'm An Average Australian, 2000: I’m my father’s son

This clip from 'Chequerboard Revisited' shows scenes in black and white from a 1974 'Chequerboard' program that includes an interview with husband Kevin at the dinner table and wife Margaret ironing, juxtaposed with a colour interview with Kevin in 2000 reflecting back on that period of time. Their children respond to the ...


Chequerboard Revisited - I Reckon I'm An Average Australian, 2000: The past is another country

This clip shows formerly married couple Kevin and Margaret in 2000 living their separate lives, 30 years after they were first interviewed for the 'Chequerboard' program. Interviewed in their house, Margaret's new husband talks with warmth about Margaret's qualities and their relationship of 17 years. Kevin, interviewed ...


Petition for equal voting rights, 1897

This is a one-page handwritten petition from the executive of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Australasia to the president of the first session of the Australasian Federal Convention of 1897-98. It incorporates a resolution passed by the executive on 26 February, calling for equal voting rights for both ...


First meeting of New Zealand's National Council of Women, 1896

This is a black-and-white photographic portrait taken at the first meeting of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) in April 1896. It shows a group of 25 members. The women in the front rows are seated, some on the floor, with two rows of women standing behind them.


Portrait of Kate Sheppard

This is a black-and-white photographic portrait of suffragist and writer Kate Sheppard (1847-1934), leader of the influential Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in New Zealand. Sheppard is photographed against a dark background and is shown from the waist upwards positioned front-on to the camera.


Women's suffrage in New Zealand

This collection of eight digital curriculum resources focuses on women's suffrage in New Zealand in the period when the self-governing British colony became the first to grant adult women the right to vote. The collection looks at significant women who campaigned for women's suffrage; satirical cartoons from contemporary ...

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Gender representation in the media - unit of work

In this unit of work, students examine and analyse how gender has been constructed in advertising and across a range of media over time, and the consequent stereotyping of both male and female identities. Students deconstruct the way the media and advertising appeal to and target young people as a lucrative market, and ...