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The going down of the sun

The Last Post is played during Anzac Day ceremonies and at military funerals. Watch this clip to find out what this bugle call means, especially for someone who has lost a family member in war.

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What's your big event for the year? For over one billion people worldwide it is Ramadan, a month of prayer and fasting for Muslims. Find out the origin of Ramadan and how Muslims celebrate this month-long religious festival.

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The meaning of Anzac Day

Anzac Day means different things to different people. Five people, of varying ages, share their thoughts and feelings about Anzac Day. Some have actually served in wartime, while others have a close family member who has.

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Difficult memories: reflecting on war

Six people share their thoughts about war. This clip shows that people who have been to war usually find it difficult to talk about the experience. Hear how the experience of war can affect those who serve, their families and friends.


Dragon Ball, Sydney, 1945 or 1946

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in Sydney of a group of people at the Dragon Ball for members of the city's ethnic Chinese community. More than 30 adults, male and female, are seen in formal evening wear. The photograph was taken at the Trocadero Ballroom in George Street, Sydney. It measures 12.0 cm x 9.5 cm.


Chinese lion dance, 1937- asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from the beginning of an item in the weekly black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review, released in cinemas on 25 February 1937. It starts with the title screen 'SYDNEY CHINESE CELEBRATE THEIR NEW YEAR. / News!' It shows the lion dance, an important part of Chinese New Year celebrations. Two men ...


Chinese lion dance, 1937 - asset 2

This is an excerpt taken from the end of an item in the weekly black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review, released in cinemas on 25 February 1937. It shows the lion dance, an important part of Chinese New Year celebrations. It opens with a close-up shot of the drums and drumsticks being played. A man dressed as a warrior, ...

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Commemorating the ANZAC legend

This integrated lesson sequence will allow students to explore how and why people choose to remember significant events of the past, specifically Anzac Day and the Legend of the ANZACs.

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Tet: let's get ready to celebrate

This is a teaching activity that explores the celebration of New Year in Vietnam (Tet Nguyen Dan). Included in the resource is an enlargable image, inquiry questions, suggested lesson materials, student activities and information about the importance of the full moon at New Year. There is a poster design extension activity ...

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Australia's national days - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about Australia's national days. Intended for upper primary students, the unit is organised around five focus questions: What special days do we commemorate in Australia? What activities do people undertake on these days? What do national days mean to Australian citizens? How have things ...


Activity guide for RAP (reconciliation action plan) partners

This is a four-page PDF Activity guide for RAP partners that provides a range of ideas for participating in National Reconciliation Week. It provides an overview of the importance of reconciliation and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, definitions and examples of both Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement ...

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This collection explores celebrations in Australia, Asia and Europe. It considers the beliefs, rituals and foods associated with popular celebrations and includes a selection of archival resources that show how celebrations are observed around the world.