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An octet that's not stuck in a 'holding pattern'

Experience an impressive live performance from the legendary Mike Nock Octet as they play 'Holding patterns' (Suite SIMA). Nock is one of the giants of jazz and this clip showcases his composition and arrangement skills, as well as the amazing improvisation and interplay between highly skilled jazz musicians.

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Family life in Darwin in 1926

This is an excerpt from actuality footage filmed in 1926, showing family life in Darwin in the Northern Territory. The footage begins with three children sitting at a table, with adults sipping tea in the background. This scene appears to be set in a wide, enclosed veranda. In the second scene, a mother and three children ...

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Scenes of Gundagai in 1922

This is newsreel footage of Gundagai, New South Wales, shot in 1922. An intertitle reads: 'Gundagai & Surroundings. Specially taken for Thr. Bownader, Gundabiggie Theatre.' It shows the Gundagai Court House with the Boer War Memorial in front. There are shots of the major streets of Gundagai (including Sheridan Street, ...

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Gympie Post Office, Duke Street, 1933

This is a black-and-white photograph of the township of Gympie in Queensland in 1933. A handwritten caption on the photograph reads '34 Duke St., showing Post Office, Gympie'. There is a bus in the street with a caption on it indicating that the bus service went from Gympie to Monkland.

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Wedding photo, c1925

This is a black-and-white photograph of an unidentified bride and a man, possibly her father, standing on the front veranda of a house, probably in Canberra around 1925.

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Tropical Queensland house, 1955

This is a colour photograph taken in 1955 of a Townsville house, typical of a style of Queensland house built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and commonly referred to as a 'Queenslander'. It shows the timber and iron house from the street, and includes partial views of neighbouring houses.

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Bullock team and horses at Cobargo, c1900-10

This is a black-and-white photograph of a bullock team yoked to a dray carrying wood, with the driver standing alongside. Taken outside the two-storey Cobargo Hotel in New South Wales, a man on horseback and a horse-drawn vehicle are also present, and men and women are standing on both levels of the hotel's veranda.

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Chinese in Gundagai, 1920 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white silent film made in 1920. It shows a staged scene of a large group of people (apparently white Australians) dressed in traditional Chinese floor-length embroidered costumes, some wearing conical hats and others wearing wigs with the traditional Chinese queue or braid, posed in a ...

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Entertaining the troops, 1943 - asset 3

This is a clip taken from a segment in a 1943 episode of Cinesound Review, a black-and-white newsreel with soundtrack. It shows a stage where a curtain parts amid the sounds of cheering to reveal a ten-member jazz band at an unidentified location.

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Entertaining the troops, 1943 - asset 4

This is a clip taken from a segment in a 1943 episode of Cinesound Review, a black-and-white newsreel with soundtrack. It shows a ten-member jazz band on a stage at an unidentified location. One of the musicians walks up to the microphone to sing a version of 'You're driving me crazy'. He sings questions and other members ...

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Entertaining the troops, 1943 - asset 5

This is a clip taken from a segment in a 1943 episode of Cinesound Review, a black-and-white newsreel with soundtrack. It shows a clown on a trick bicycle that separates, forming a unicycle. What follows next is a scene of a female impersonator who starts singing 'Olga Pulloffski, the beautiful spy' as a band member takes ...

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'Your house and mine', 1954 - asset 7

This is a clip from a 22-minute colour documentary made in Melbourne in 1954, Victoria titled 'Your House and Mine'. A number of large mansions from the Victorian era are featured, showing details of carved stonework and cast iron lacework. There is no dialogue and the vision is accompanied by George Frederik Handel's 'Water ...

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'Your house and mine', 1954 - asset 8

This is a clip taken from a 22-minute colour documentary made in Melbourne, Victoria in 1954 titled 'Your House and Mine'. A voice-over in a poetic form describes 'the way we built our homes' as music plays in the background. Some features of Victorian-era architecture are mentioned. There are brief references to Victoria's ...

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A Big Country - The White Rose, 1979: In the old days

This clip shows people enjoying a dance in rural Australia in the late 1970s. Frank Bourke, who fronted The White Rose Orchestra, provides a voice-over, describing what people enjoyed about ballroom dances. Couples are shown dancing the progressive barn dance and the Canadian three-step and stopping to applaud. While Bourke ...

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North Stradbroke Island school, 1917

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a group of nine children on the veranda of the Special Provisional School at Myora (Moongalba) on North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane in Queensland. The school is a single-storey building elevated on wooden stumps with a pitched roof made from wooden shingles. This image first ...

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The Maori Hi Five showband

This is a black-and-white photograph of the Māori showband, The Maori Hi Five. This three-quarter length portrait shot shows the band members grouped against a plain, light coloured wall. They are dressed to perform, hold some instruments including a saxophone and guitar, and smile at the photographer. They are (front row, ...

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'It's hot in Brisbane but it's Coolangatta', 1953

This is a song promoting Coolangatta. It was recorded in 1953 at Doug Roughton's Hokey Pokey Club near Coolangatta. Sheet music of the song indicates it was available in a 'slow bounce version and a Dixieland or fast version'. This appears to be the slow version.

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My Indonesia

This is a web page produced by the Asia Education Foundation featuring a series of videos of Australians talking about their intercultural experiences working in and with Indonesia. Topics discussed include health, community development through Surfaid, intercultural arts collaboration and journalism in Asia. There is a ...