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Ivan Kucan and friends eating ice-cream at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, 1950

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivan Kucan, third from left, and five other men at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre. Three of the group are eating ice-cream. The men are probably resting during a work project.

Collection

Shadee Khan, 1916

This is a collection of resources about Shadee Khan, a camel driver who arrived in Australia in the late 19th century. The collection is introduced by the photograph seen here, which links to documents and photographs of Khan in an online showcase called 'Uncommon lives - Muslim journeys'. The showcase is reached via the ...

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Operating lend-lease machines, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing two men and a woman working on various industrial machines during World War II. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads: 'Melbourne, Australia. Beaufort torpedo bomber turret sub-assembly plant. Workmen operating an automatic tool ...

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Assembling Beaufort bomber turrets using lend-lease components, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a woman and two men working to assemble bomber turrets during World War II. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads: 'Melbourne, Australia. Beaufort torpedo bomber turret sub-assembly plant. Men and women workmen putting finishing ...

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Building the Boomerang interceptor fighter using lend-lease components, c1943

This is a black-and-white photograph showing five men building two Boomerang fighters at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation's factory at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads in part: 'High production rate of Australian interceptor aircraft ...

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Sluicing and panning for gold

How does a small prospector mine gold? Most modern goldmining is conducted by big companies with heavy machinery. But in this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters meets a prospector whose methods and tools differ only a little from those used by Chinese miners at Pine Creek a century earlier.

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Archaeological evidence of Chinese miners

See the rugged outback around a small Northern Territory town and hear about the people who travelled from Asia to work there. In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters visits Pine Creek's historic goldfields and encounters traces of Chinese goldminers who worked on the remote northern ...

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Mining artefacts lost and found

Imagine working very long hours, breaking rock under the scorching sun in the hope of finding gold. In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters continues his investigation into the history of the Chinese miners who worked the Pine Creek goldfields in the late 19th century.

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Attitudes towards Chinese miners

Why did Chinese goldminers leave the Northern Territory's Pine Creek goldfields in the early years of the 20th century? In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters investigates how this fascinating chapter in Australia's history came to an end.

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Chinese coffins lined with gold?

What became of the thousands of Chinese goldminers who worked the Pine Creek goldfields in the Northern Territory in the late 19th century? In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters discusses the reasons why the Chinese miners departed, leaving only traces of their industry and way of life.

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Chinese miners in Pine Creek, NT

Imagine leaving your homeland to spend years labouring in a harsh and unfamiliar landscape in the hope of an elusive and uncertain reward. In this clip from a1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters looks at why Chinese miners came to Pine Creek in the Northern Territory and how they survived.

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Married women and work in 1960s Australia

Can you imagine a time when it was uncommon for married women to be part of the workforce? When women who worked outside the home were blamed for their children's poor educational performance and juvenile delinquency? This clip from 1966 examines the rise of working mothers, a controversial development at the time.

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Australia Post - Onward Speed, 1970: Secretaries and executives

This clip from a humorous instructional film made in 1970 by Fred Schepisi teaches secretaries and executives how to improve internal efficiencies in handling business mail. In the clip two actors (siblings Jon and Rhonda Finlayson) play multiple roles that caricature female secretaries and male executives. The actors demonstrate ...

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Indentured immigrants in Australia

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focusing on immigrants who came to Australia for a fixed period under contract or indenture in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The collection is organised into three groups - Chinese indentured agricultural and skilled workers; Pacific Islander ...

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Women's fire brigade at Wyee, 1969

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a fire pumper and the exterior of a building with 'WYEE BUSH FIRE BRIGADE' painted on it. There are six women sitting on or standing alongside the pumper. A toddler sitting in a stroller is visible at the side of the building. The women are all wearing helmets and casual summer ...

Interactive Resource

Who wants to be a cotton millionaire?

This interactive game is about innovation in textile production in Britain in the 19th century. It focuses on the changes in the manufacturing of cotton, which shifted from the home to the factory with the advent of the steam engine. Students assume the role of advisor to a businessman who wants to manufacture cotton and ...

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Muslim journeys

This is a rich resource about the lives of Muslim people who came to Australia from Asia and Europe in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Developed by the National Archives of Australia, it consists of a historical essay by Hanifa Deen illustrated by a collection of archival documents and images. The resource has five tabs: ...

Teacher resource

Industrial Revolution

This is a unit of work for teachers about the Industrial Revolution. It has three main sections: Classroom unit - including an overview, the learning objectives and curriculum areas covered; Delivery - including duration, materials required and five worksheets; and the Procedure - explaining the sequencing of learning activities. ...

Dataset

International migration database

This is a web resource consisting of a database showing the movement of the ‘migrant’ population, generally the foreign-born population, to and from each of the OECD countries. Data tables can be customised with options to view by country of origin of the migrants, or by the variable to be displayed, for example, asylum ...

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Gross domestic product per capita: breakdown into components

This is a web resource consisting of a database providing data for gross domestic product (GDP) per capita for 39 countries including Australia in 2011, and a breakdown into its components including GDP per hour worked and hours worked per head of population. A comparison with US data shows differences in labour utilisation, ...