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Listed under:  Economics and business  >  Economy  >  Markets  >  International trade
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Cover of The Reformer journal, 1905

This is the cover of an edition of a journal, titled The Reformer, dated 31 August 1905. The cover describes it as 'A FORTNIGHTLY JOURNAL FOR PRODUCERS' and includes the text 'SPECIAL ISSUE. THE HARVESTER QUESTION'. Below this text is a cartoon depicting two figures - industrialist Hugh Victor McKay on the left, and on ...

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The import of exports!

Is it better for Australia to import or export goods and services? Find out the top countries Australia trades with and the types of things that are typically imported and exported. How is Australia's foreign debt linked to importing goods and services?

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Connecting to Asia

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore how Australia connects with the Asia region and the skills that Australians require if they are to work with or in the countries of Asia. The teacher notes contain additional online resources and pedagogical ...

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Trade statistics

This learning activity consists of a series of online resources supporting students to engage, explore and reflect on Australia's interdependence with economies in the Asia region. Students analyse data and information to identify Australia's major trading partners for food and fibre items. The activities provide students ...

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Biography: Federation people: Bernhard Wise

Investigate the role played by Bernhard Wise in the events leading up to, and following, Federation in Australia. Examine two different types of biographies of Wise: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in ...

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Discovering democracy: views from the colonies

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the controversies that the colonies needed to deal with before they could agree on a federated Australia. Investigate the library to find out more about the different views about trade, immigration, transport, defence and rivers. Examine the rivalries among the colonies ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 1

This is a clip taken from a 1920 black-and-white silent 'documentary' made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example'. The excerpt opens with scenes of a man and his sister examining a silver teapot in a shop. The man is shown turning the teapot over and looking underneath while talking to the salesman. ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' The opening scene shows a man and his sister standing in front of a glass-topped counter in a shop examining a silver teapot and in conversation with the salesman. An intertitle of the man's ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 3

This is a clip from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' The excerpt opens with a salesman and a female customer in conversation, probably about an article on a glass-topped counter. This scene is followed by a shot of the woman's brother speaking into ...

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Charles Kingston introducing the first Australian Government tariff, 1901

This is a black-and-white photograph of Charles Kingston (standing centre left), the first federal minister for trade and customs in the first Australian Parliament, introducing the first Australian Government Customs Tariff Bill in October 1901. Seated opposite him is the leader of the opposition, George Reid. This posed ...

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White Australia Policy badge, c1920

This is a circular copper-nickel and aluminium fob badge made around 1920. The words 'WHITE / AUSTRALIA' run across a central cut-out map of Australia, which is made of silvered (white) wash on aluminium. The circular brass border bears the words 'AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS'. There is suspension loop at top. The badge ...

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Hugh McKay with representatives of the Russian Agricultural Society, 1912

This is a black-and-white photograph of industrialist and inventor Hugh McKay with representatives of the Russian Agricultural Society, taken during McKay’s marketing tour of Russia in 1912. The photograph appears to be part of a newspaper cutting and shows about 22 men dressed formally in suits, shirts and ties. They are ...

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Sunshine Model 'A' tractor, c1918

This is a working model of a Sunshine Model 'A' tractor, manufactured by the H V McKay company in Sunshine, Victoria, in about 1918. Patented in 1916, the Model 'A' tractor was designed for use as the propulsion unit for a self-propelled stripper harvester, or as a stand-alone tractor. It is powered by a four-cylinder, ...

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White Australia medal, c1910

This medal promotes the idea that it is desirable for Australia to have a white-only population. It comprises an aluminium map of Australia inside a brass circle. One side is inscribed: 'AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS' around the rim and 'WHITE AUSTRALIA' inside the map. The other side, which is cracked, is inscribed 'POPULATION ...

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People's Liberal Party 'White Australia' badge, 1911-20

This badge promotes the idea that it is desirable for Australia to have a white-only population. It is circular, 27 mm in diameter, and has 'PEOPLE'S LIBERAL PARTY' inscribed around the rim. In the centre there is a white map of Australia, inscribed 'FOR AUSTRALIA'. The badge is constructed of blue and white enamel on metal, ...

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Brick from the Great Wall of China, 1368-1644

This is a rectangular fired clay-brick from the Great Wall of China. The brick is presented within a timber display frame on four curved legs with a removable lid.

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Rise and fall of the Canton trade system I: China in the world, 1700-1860s

This is a collection of online materials about how trade between China and the West was systematically organised and carried out at three designated sites - Macau, Canton and Hong Kong. The vehicle for this collection is part one of a three-part illustrated essay about the rise and fall of the 'Canton trade system'. Connected ...

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Rise and fall of the Canton trade system II: Macau and Whampoa anchorage, 1700-1860s

This is a collection of online materials about how Western ships engaged in the China trade travelled through the Pearl (Zhujiang) River delta from the Portuguese settlement of Macau to Whampoa. The vehicle for this collection is part II of a three-part illustrated essay about the rise and fall of the 'Canton trade system'. ...

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Rise and fall of the Canton trade system III: Canton and Hong Kong, 1700-1860s

This is a collection of online materials about the foreign traders' enclave in Guangzhou (Canton) in China and the rise of Hong Kong as a trading centre and British colony. The vehicle for this collection is part III of a three-part illustrated essay about the rise and fall of the 'Canton trade system'. Connected to this ...

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Rise and fall of the Canton trade system IV: image galleries

This is a collection of 320 images about Western trade with China in the 18th and 19th centuries and how it was organised through the Canton trade system. The images are organised into four categories: places, people, commodities and ships. The places category includes images of Macau, Canton and Hong Kong. The people category ...