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The Great Depression - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea describes how students explored a range of digital and other resources to develop their understanding of the Depression and its effects in Australia. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Women cutting up letters at the Kodak factory, 1939-45

This is a sepia photograph of women cutting up microfilmed letters with guillotines in the processing laboratories at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, during the Second World War. The letters had come from soldiers serving overseas. The women are sitting at long wooden desks and the letters are wound onto large ...

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Man digging air-raid shelter in backyard, Auburn, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph of a man using a shovel to dig an air-raid shelter in the backyard of a family house in Auburn, Melbourne, during the Second World War. The hole the man is working on is to be lined with wood. A wooden frame is constructed above the hole.

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Young Australian women and Canadian servicemen on an outing, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Sybil Oakes and her friends during a picnic outing with Canadian servicemen in Sassafras, in the hills outside Melbourne, in 1944. The three men, all in military uniform, are standing with the four young women on a bush track in front of a sign that reads 'Sassafras / Please ...

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Young women playing cards with a US serviceman, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Pauline Leibig, Norma Knox (nee Leibig) and some of their friends playing cards with a US serviceman in the dining room of the Leibig family home in the Melbourne suburb of West Preston in 1944.

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Published address - 'Towards a population policy for Australia', 1976

This 12-page booklet titled 'Towards a population policy for Australia' contains an address to the Stable Population Forum by M J R MacKellar, the minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. The address was given in Adelaide on 9 August 1976, and the booklet was published in 1976 by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and ...

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Australian children during World War II

What was life like for Australian children during World War II? From 1939 to 1945 Australia was at war. After Japan entered the war in 1941, this conflict became a total war, which affected almost everyone and almost every aspect of life in Australia. Listen to two people who lived through this time sharing their memories ...

Audio

Chifley's 'Light on the Hill' speech, 1949

This audio clip presents and examines Prime Minister Ben Chifley's 'Light on the Hill' speech, which was delivered to NSW Labor Party members in 1949. Listen to author Michael Fullilove explain why the 'Light on the Hill' phrase has become so powerful in Australian politics. The speech in the recording is performed by an actor.

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Job match: save the day

Meet a range of people at community scenes. Select people best suited to put out a house fire, provide medical care and redesign a damaged house. Choose people according to their abilities, not by their appearances. Gather information to make good decisions. In these situations, only one person is suited to each task. This ...

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Job match: choose the characters

Meet a range of people gathered at community scenes. Select people best suited to cook for a party, put out a house fire, provide medical care and resdesign a damaged house. Choose people according to their abilities, not their appearances. Gather information to make good decisions. In most of these situations, only one ...

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Job match: choose the cast

Meet a range of people gathered at community scenes. Select people best suited to put out a house fire, provide medical care, rebuild a damaged house and cook for a party. Choose people according to their abilities, not their appearances. Gather information to make good decisions. In these situations, more than one person ...

Interactive resource

Norman Dean: Great Depression

Make a storyboard for a documentary film about the Great Depression in Australia. Examine a series of photos and descriptions of life during the Great Depression. Explore the Depression's impact on unemployment, housing, poverty levels, family life and health. Choose images linking personal stories, lifestyle changes and ...

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Norman Dean: Great Depression [ESL]

Make a storyboard for a documentary film about the Great Depression in Australia. Examine a series of photos and descriptions of life during the Great Depression. Explore the Depression's impact on unemployment, housing, poverty levels, family life and health. Choose images linking personal stories, lifestyle changes and ...

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Fire in Darwin's Chinatown, 1942

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the destruction by fire of Cavenagh Street in Darwin's Chinatown. Two servicemen can be seen standing well away from the fire, watching the scene. The air above the roofs of several low-lying buildings is filled with a thick pall of black smoke. A dirt road bordered by scrub ...

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'Air, land attack on Darwin likely', 1942

This is an article headlined 'AIR, LAND ATTACK ON DARWIN LIKELY' published on 20 January 1942 in the Northern Standard newspaper and datelined Sydney on the previous day. It warns that 'Darwin must prepare for a land or air attack', and quotes Colin Fraser, a journalist who had just returned from Malaya, as saying that ...

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Machine gun training in the Tiwi Islands, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in 1944, of an Aboriginal man practising the use of a machine gun at Milikapiti, on the north coast of Melville Island, one of the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory. The man is lying flat on a sandy beach looking into the sights of the weapon, which is mounted on a bipod. ...

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Oil tank in Darwin burning after Japanese attack, 1943

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in Darwin on 15 March 1943, showing an oil tank burning fiercely after being bombed during a Japanese air raid. Large clouds of black smoke billow up from the burning tank. In the foreground a group of seven Australian military personnel are bunched behind an asbestos shield to ...

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Darwin under Japanese attack, 1942

This is a yellowed black-and-white photograph depicting a Japanese bombing raid on Darwin town and harbour on an unknown date in 1942. The image shows a view across Darwin Harbour to the town on the horizon with plumes of smoke rising where bombs have fallen. In the immediate foreground are two mooring buoys and at the ...

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Great Depression in Australia

This collection of 23 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories - economic policies during the Great Depression; the unemployed; and the effects of the Great Depression on Australian families. The effects of the Great Depression were felt in Australia from 1929 until the outbreak of the Second World ...

Video

Movietone Special, 1945: Peace - Australia Celebrates

This black-and-white clip from the newsreel 'Peace: Australia Celebrates' shows spontaneous scenes of jubilation in the centre of Sydney soon after the Japanese surrender was announced on 15 August 1945. It opens with scenes of crowds celebrating in the streets. This is followed by the famous footage of 'the dancing man'. ...