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Listed under:  Society  >  Citizenship  >  Politics  >  Human rights  >  Freedom
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Africans liberated from a slaving vessel, 1884

This is a black-and-white engraving showing African men, women and children who had been captured to be sold as slaves and then liberated by the Royal Navy schooner HMS Undine in July 1883. It comes from the 7 June 1884 issue of the Graphic, an illustrated weekly newspaper published in London, and its caption reads 'THE ...

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'Emancipation', c1865

This is an engraving printed in black and rose celebrating the Proclamation of Emancipation by US President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863. The artist, Thomas Nast, has placed a domestic scene of a contented ex-slave family in the centre. Above is the Statue of Freedom, which crowns the dome of the US Capitol; below, ...

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'The day of Jubelo', 1865

This is a black-and-white photographic print of a painting by Edmund Birckhead Bensell showing African Americans, probably freed slaves, dancing, drinking, making music and sliding down the banister in a large house in the US south. The print is attached to a cardboard mount. The printed caption gives the title and includes ...

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Ancestor portrait, 1894

This is a Chinese ancestor portrait comprising a framed mirror upon which has been finely painted two figures sitting on either side of a small table under a thatched umbrella. Both figures are depicted in the formal dress of the Qing Dynasty. There are Chinese characters in red running down either side of the mirror and ...

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Chinese wooden plaque, 1895

This is a large wall plaque, manufactured in China from carved wood gilded with a red painted background. It features an intricately carved border depicting dragons. The centre area is carved in relief with three sentences in Chinese characters. The middle carving reads: 'Guang Zhi shang dai lan ling' [the granting of an ...

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'Ophir Bluff, where gold was first found in Australia', c1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin full-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a river scene. In the background are people, a horsedrawn cart and two crude buildings. At the right, an area has been roughly fenced off. The image is titled 'Ophir Bluff, ...

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'Hydraulic sluicing', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative was taken by Charles Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. It depicts a wide shot of a hillside with a hut and what appears to be a sluiceway. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

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Female workers checking soldiers' letters, Kodak factory, c1939-45

This is a sepia photograph of female employees working at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, during the Second World War. The staff members are sitting in rows at long desks and checking letters in the company's Recordak department. The letters had come from soldiers serving overseas. The photograph's dimensions ...

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Women cutting up letters at the Kodak factory, 1939-45

This is a sepia photograph of women cutting up microfilmed letters with guillotines in the processing laboratories at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, during the Second World War. The letters had come from soldiers serving overseas. The women are sitting at long wooden desks and the letters are wound onto large ...

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Man digging air-raid shelter in backyard, Auburn, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph of a man using a shovel to dig an air-raid shelter in the backyard of a family house in Auburn, Melbourne, during the Second World War. The hole the man is working on is to be lined with wood. A wooden frame is constructed above the hole.

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Young Australian women and Canadian servicemen on an outing, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Sybil Oakes and her friends during a picnic outing with Canadian servicemen in Sassafras, in the hills outside Melbourne, in 1944. The three men, all in military uniform, are standing with the four young women on a bush track in front of a sign that reads 'Sassafras / Please ...

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Young women playing cards with a US serviceman, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Pauline Leibig, Norma Knox (nee Leibig) and some of their friends playing cards with a US serviceman in the dining room of the Leibig family home in the Melbourne suburb of West Preston in 1944.

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'For the Term of His Natural Life'

These three clips, from a 1927 silent Australian feature film based on Marcus Clarke's novel 'For the Term of His Natural Life', depict scenes of convicts. The first clip shows a group being abandoned after a mutiny on a ship, then the protagonist, Rufus Dawes, being saved. The second clip shows Dawes in the prison at Port ...

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'Old Negro (former slave) with horn with which slaves were called', 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an old African American man sitting in a doorway and holding a horn once used to summon slaves to work at sunrise. The photograph was taken near Marshall in Texas, USA, by photographer Russell Lee.

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'The abolition of the slave trade', 1792

This is a hand-coloured cartoon print showing an African girl being hoisted by the ankle for a flogging on board the British slaving vessel Recovery. The vessel's captain John Kimber is seen on the left, whip in hand. The cartoon was drawn by Isaac Cruikshank and published by S W Fores in London on 10 April 1792. The alternative ...

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Slave decks of the bark Wildfire, 1860

This a black-and white engraving showing emaciated Africans on the slave decks of the ship Wildfire. Women are seen in the background on an upper deck, and in the foreground men and boys are crowded together. The engraving was published in Harper's Weekly on 2 June 1860. It was entitled 'The Africans of the slave bark "Wildfire." ...

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'Landing negroes at Jamestown from Dutch man-of-war, 1619'

This is a black-and-white illustration showing how the well-known American artist Howard Pyle (1853-1911) imagined the landing of the first Africans at Jamestown in the colony of Virginia nearly 300 years after the historical event. Pyle depicts 20 emaciated captives kneeling or sitting on the ground, guarded by men with ...

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'United States slave trade, 1830'

This is a black-and-white print showing the trading of slaves in the USA. Two white men, one on horseback and both carrying whips, appear to be negotiating the sale of five slaves seen on the left in shackles. A woman and two children, also in chains, appear on the right. In the background are slaves working in the fields, ...

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Slaves exposed for sale

This is a black-and-white engraving showing a group of near-naked African men, women and children next to a smaller group of European men who appear to be discussing them, perhaps negotiating their sale. One African man is depicted with a chain around his neck, which bears a name or number on a metal plate. The scene appears ...

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'The parting - "Buy us too"', 1863

This is a colour lithographic card showing a shackled slave being taken away by his new owner as his wife and child beg to be bought as well so the family would not be separated. The owner gestures them away with his whip. The card was the fourth in a collectable series of 12 album cards entitled 'The slave in 1863. A thrilling ...