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Painted gum leaf postcards, 1900-20

These cream-coloured postcards, each with a painted gum leaf attached to one side and writing on the reverse, were printed by AG Jones of Melbourne in the early decades of the 20th century. One postcard is decorated with a man seated on a log beside a bark hut and a tree with two kookaburras and a red-breasted bird sitting ...

Interactive resource

Discovering democracy: Australia celebrates Federation

Use a map of Australia to find out what was happening and how people around the nation celebrated Federation on 1 January 1901. View images of the town and read accounts of the celebrations as Australia officially became one nation. Write an account for a newspaper comparing and contrasting the nature of the celebrations.

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Crowds at an anticonscription rally in Melbourne, 1916

This is a black-and-white postcard showing a huge crowd at an anticonscription rally on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne in 1916. The image shows a sea of men and a sprinkling of women standing in an open area. A handwritten note under the photograph (penned by John Curtin) reads 'Have Ye Answered O my People' ...

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Postcard depicting Beryl Bruce in 'Socialist' fancy dress, 1913

This is a black-and-white postcard featuring a photograph of young Beryl ('Bobbie') Bruce dressed as 'The Socialist' newspaper at the Victorian Socialist Party's fancy dress ball in Melbourne in August 1913. Her dress features a copy of a page of the newspaper sewn onto the skirt, and a border near the hem with the words ...

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'Melbourne Gaol series' postcard, socialist boarders, 1906

This is a postcard from 'The Melbourne Gaol Series' of 1906, showing seven 'socialist boarders' in prison garb. It was published as part of 'The Fight for Free Speech' in Prahran, Melbourne.

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Postcard sent from France by Duncan McCallum, 1917

This is a postcard sent from France to Alex and Bess McCallum on 1 February 1917 by Alex's brother Duncan who was serving with the 16th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces. The card is embroidered in coloured silk with a floral design and the words 'Souvenir from France'. It measures 14 cm x 9 cm.

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Postcard of a boy, a dog and a koala, c1912

This black-and-white postcard of a barefoot boy in his early teens standing next to a rustic table on which a pet koala sits was taken in Queensland in about 1912. A pet fox terrier looks up at the koala from the ground. The boy is wearing a long-sleeved, light-coloured buttoned jacket and knee-length shorts. He looks solemn-faced ...

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First World War Christmas and new year postcard, 1917

This postcard, printed for Christmas 1917, shows a fictionalised map of Britain surrounded by some of its dominions: Canada, India, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Five arms extend from Britain, shaking hands with different coloured arms that extend from each of the labelled countries. On top of the image the Union ...

Teacher resource

Yellow promise, yellow peril: foreign postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - essay by John Dower

This is a historical essay by Professor John Dower about how the producers of picture postcards presented the Russo-Japanese War and its Japanese combatants to the purchasing public in Europe. The highly informative and richly illustrated essay contains four chapters and more than 140 postcards, some of which depict scenes ...

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Asia rising: Japanese postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - essay by John Dower

This is a richly illustrated and highly readable essay about how the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 was represented in Japan. The essay focuses on the picture postcards that Japanese photographers, artists, illustrators and propagandists produced in huge numbers throughout the war. Linked to various sections of the essay ...

Teacher resource

Yellow promise, yellow peril: foreign postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - visual narratives

This is a collection of seven sets of cartoon picture postcards depicting the Russo-Japanese War and the Japanese combatants. They were produced in Russia and other European countries during the war. The sets are organised around seven topics or themes: imperial designs: the nations at war; imperial designs: the nations ...

Teacher resource

Asia rising: Japanese postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - visual narratives

This is a collection of eight sets of picture postcards, all outstanding examples of the postcards that Japanese photographers, artists, illustrators and propagandists produced in huge numbers during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. The first set, entitled 'The battle of the Japan Sea', fits together to form a panorama, ...

Interactive Resource

A postcard from Australian democracy

This is an interactive resource in which students complete two postcards. The first postcard is created by students using symbols and text to describe Australia as a democratic nation and what it means to them. In the second postcard activity students create their own postcard of the national capital using a packaged set ...

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Writing letters

This collection of interactive and printable resources introduces ways of writing simple letters, the nature of Italian addresses and common written correspondence niceties. It features writing a personal introduction and responding to one. The resources are based on placing set expressions in the correct position in letters; ...

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Revision: describe yourself and others

This collection of interactive and printable resources consolidates and revises the vocabulary and structures used to introduce and describe yourself and others: name, age, address, physical features, likes, dislikes, hobbies, school, family, friends and pets. It provides a variety of text types, and focuses on all macro ...

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Imagining your interactive Holiday Card

Snowmen? Spooky Halloween ghosts? The Easter bilby? What images come to mind when you think of Holidays? Get some ideas for your Scratch Holiday Card