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Making a difference: Windradyne

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Windradyne, a Wiradjuri warrior and leader. Trace his story, including battles where he led his people against European settlers claiming land around the Bathurst region. Look at Windradyne's efforts to make peace between his people and ...

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Making a difference: Michael Long

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Michael Long, a former Australian Rules footballer and social activist. Trace his story, including conflicts where he exposed racism in sport. Investigate how sporting authorities have handled racial abuse. Look at Michael's efforts to ...

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A bridge across a century - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how students investigated the iconic nature of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the story behind its construction and the events surrounding its dramatic opening. The story of the bridge is a central focus for an exploration of life in Australia during the 1930s. It includes a unit of work developed ...


Anthem - An Act of Sedition, 2004: MV Tampa and September 11

This clip presents an interpretation of the Howard government's response to the arrival of refugees in Australian waters on the MV Tampa in August 2001. The narration states that John Howard had often used scare tactics for his political advantage and that the refugees were now to be used in a 'race election'. Views defending ...


The Old Man and the Inland Sea, 2005: 'Had a car'

This clip shows Norman Hayes Jagamarra driving through the country around Coober Pedy, recalling when he and the old people hunted kangaroo and searched for opal, a time he describes as being 'before grog'. A long tracking shot of the township of Coober Pedy filmed from a moving car has a voice-over of Jagamarra talking ...


The death of Captain Cook

This is a hand-coloured engraving of Captain James Cook's death in February 1779. It was created by John Webber (1751-93) in 1785. It depicts a crowded battle scene at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, with palm trees and mountains in the background. Cook has fallen to the beach and is firing on his attackers while a Hawaiian warrior ...


The rescue of John Guard

This is a watercolour painting (22.1 cm x 45.2 cm) of the 'Harriet Affair', made by C Watson in 1885. It is entitled 'The rescue of John Guard, then a child of three years of age by Captain Lambert of "HMS Alligator"'. The painting shows the kidnapped infant John Guard, who had been a passenger on the shipwrecked vessel ...


Opal mining at Lightning Ridge, c1925

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary of about 1925 that is probably entitled 'Opal mining, Lightning Ridge'. The excerpt begins with the intertitle 'Shallow shafts are sunk in likely spots'. It shows men operating windlasses above the mine shafts, sending each other down into the shaft to send the spoil up to the ...


Miners' shanties at Lightning Ridge, c1925

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary of about 1925 probably entitled 'Opal mining, Lightning Ridge'. The excerpt begins with the intertitle 'Types of shanties occupied by miners'. This is followed by footage of three homes, each with activity taking place in the foreground. A second intertitle, 'More profitable, ...


Indigenous Australians defending their land, c1817

This is a 17.7 cm x 27.9 cm watercolour showing about 40 Indigenous Australian people attacking a rowboat carrying five colonists. Most of the warriors are on a steep, rocky headland and those close to the water have spears raised. Two appear to be picking up stones while those further up the cliff watch on. About ten Indigenous ...


'The blowing up of the Boyd', 1889

This is an oil painting on canvas by the artists John Louis Steele and Kennett Watkins, painted in 1889. It depicts the destruction of the sailing vessel 'Boyd' by Mäori in Whangaroa harbour (far north of the North Island of New Zealand) in 1809. There are four Mäori waka (canoes) present. A waka in the foreground shows ...


Te Rauparaha wearing a naval uniform, late 1840s

This is a watercolour of the Ngäti Toa (tribe) chief Te Rauparaha wearing a naval uniform. Te Rauparaha has a moko (facial tattoo) and is wearing a light-blue naval cap, a jacket with gold buttons and gold epaulets on the shoulders, white trousers and brown shoes. Holding a taiaha kura (long-handled fighting club), he is ...


The Healing of Bali, 2003: 'The gods are angry'

This clip shows two men reflecting on the response of the Balinese people to the 2002 Bali bombings. Dr Denny Thong, a psychiatrist, describes the general feeling of guilt among the Balinese, who feel responsible for the tragedy. Mangku Sakenan, a temple priest, explains his belief that by not taking care of the natural ...


I Can Jump Puddles, 1981: 'Try the lot, no matter what the risk'

This clip shows Alan (Adam Garnett) and his father (Tony Barry) discussing the tactics Alan could use to fight school bully Steven Macintyre (Darren McDonald). In the next scene Alan, who wears a leg brace and uses crutches, challenges Macintyre to a stick fight and Macintyre agrees to a contest after school the following ...


Lynley Huguenin describes being a Bali bombing victim, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Melbourne woman Lynley Huguenin, who received serious burns in one of the two terrorist bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali on 12 October 2002, describing the explosion that set her clothes on fire and the confusion that followed. She also tells of a long series of medical treatments, ...


Four Corners - American Dreamers, 2003: A meeting of minds

This clip shows the close relationship between US president George W Bush and Australian prime minister John Howard as they express their views on Iraq and Saddam Hussein at a White House press conference on 13 June 2002. It begins with Howard affirming Australia's close friendship with the USA and focusing on Iraq's weapons ...


'Great public meeting of loyalists', 1887

This sepia composite image shows a set of six illustration panels superimposed over an enlarged detail of the final panel. The illustrations depict a huge public meeting held in Sydney on 15 June 1887 to affirm New South Wales's loyalty to the Crown, and the melee between republicans and loyalists that took place at the ...


Four Corners - The Kilwa Incident, 2005: Business as usual

This clip shows UN expert Patrick Smith describing the illegal exploitation of mineral resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during two recent wars and under the rule of President Joseph Kabila. Footage of soldiers and Kabila are shown as the narrator describes the brutality of the DRC armed forces and ...


Judge Kevin Parker discusses grave human rights violations, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Kevin Parker, vice-president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), describing his response to the extent and gravity of war crimes and other human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda. Suggesting that such crimes can be committed ...