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We are Australian: unit of work

This is a unit of five lesson plans about Australian national identity. The first one sets the scene and the others explore themes such as the Australian identity over time and Australian traditions and diversity. Lesson activities make use of extracts from the 'Australian Readers Discovering Democracy Middle Primary Collection' ...

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New arrivals to Australia

What is it like for refugees arriving in Australia today? Here we find out about the experience of the Williams family, who fled the African nation of Liberia to seek asylum (safe haven) in Australia. They now have access to a different lifestyle and opportunities. How are they finding their first three weeks in the new country?

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Australia decides: monarchy or republic?

A constitution is the set of rules under which a country is governed. Do you know what a referendum is or what it means to be a constitutional monarchy or a republic? In 1999, Australian voters decided whether the nation would remain a constitutional monarchy or become a republic. Watch as ordinary Australians express their ...

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A new home on Australia Day

Why do people choose to become Australian citizens? What is it about Australia that makes it a sought-after destination for thousands of migrants every year? In this clip from ABC News, listen to the suggestions of two leading politicians and discover the weird and wonderful racing events that are staged around the country.

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Diversity, identity and Australian culture

This teaching resource focuses on immigration and settlement patterns in Australia. It explores the migration experience, and the impact that immigrants from diverse cultural backgrounds have had on Australian society and its changing identity.

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Difference Differently: defining identities

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore ideas about personal, cultural and national identity. It explores the ways that culture, belief, nationality and personal interests shape identity. It examines concepts of Australian identity and how cultural and religious heritage can impact on ...

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An Australian republic? - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about whether Australia should become a republic and, if so, how the new head of state should be chosen and the powers that person should have. Intended for middle and upper secondary students, the unit is organised around five areas of investigation. These involve: students researching ...

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Participating in the Woolgoolga community

How do you gain a sense of belonging in an unfamiliar place, especially one that has very different beliefs and customs from your own? One way is to do as the locals do. This clip explores the importance, for Sikh migrants, of working and socialising with the residents of their new home in the northern New South Wales town ...

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Sikhs become part of the Woolgoolga community

How does a large increase in the number of migrants to a town affect the local people? In this clip from 1984, the head priest of the Sikh temple talks about the contributions that the Sikh migrants have made to the town of Woolgoolga since their arrival.

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National treasures, 2004: Gallipoli boat

'Gallipoli boat' is an episode of the series 'National treasures' produced in 2004. The episode features Lifeboat 6, a small lifeboat that was retrieved from Gallipoli five years after it had landed at Anzac Cove. The boat is now held at the Australian War Memorial. Warren Brown describes the difficult conditions on the ...

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Full-on Aussies

How do people celebrate Australia Day where you live? Watch how diverse groups of Melburnians spend Australia Day in 2013, and hear some people talk about why they chose to become Australian citizens.

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Australia Day Celebrations

This inquiry unit explores the various events held across the nation to mark Australia Day including personal and public events, celebrations and commemorations. Working in groups, students consider the roles of the Australian of the Year Awards, Citizenship Ceremonies, Australian Citizenship Affirmation and the meaning ...

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Rogue nation, 2009: NSW in 1819, convict gulag or place of opportunity?

This clip is an excerpt from the 2009 documentary 'Rites of passage', the second of a two-part series entitled 'Rogue nation'. The clip begins with historian Michael Cathcart providing contextual information about England in the early 1800s. He says that in the midst of the industrial revolution, millions of people were ...

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Background to Federation - unit of work

This is a unit of work about the nature of Australian identity at the time of Federation in 1901 and how Federation contributed to the development of that identity. Intended for middle secondary students, the unit is organised around a historical investigation into national identity and its development, using five aspects ...

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Life on the land for Italian migrants

Imagine leaving your family behind for years while you set yourself up in a new country. This was the life for many Europeans who migrated to Australia. The clip explores life for the Galluzzo family, Italians who came to live in semi-rural areas around Sydney in the 1950s.

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What sort of nation? - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about the sort of nation Australia was and is now, how immigration and economic factors have shaped the kind of nation we are, and the sort of country we want to be in the future. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and is organised around five focus questions that ...

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Difference Differently: student Q and A

This is a student resource thatpresents 14 diverse Australians answering questions related to cultural diversity and beliefs, via video or text. Each person is introduced in a short video and answers a selection of questions. They speak from a personal perspective but reflect various races, cultures and belief systems. ...

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Sikh women make Woolgoolga their home

Discover how life has changed, and stayed the same, for Sikh women who migrated to northern New South Wales' Banana Coast after World War 2. Woolgoolga might be a long way from India, but Sikh women were determined to maintain their traditional way of life in their new home.

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Changing faces in Woolgoolga, 1984

Discover an Australian town where, according to locals, multiculturalism has been a real success. When Sikh migrants began arriving in the small northern New South Wales town of Woolgoolga after World War 2, it led to huge changes in the way of life for many locals. After taking decades to get used to one another, now Sikhs ...

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Generational change for Italian migrants

What would it be like to start life in a new country without much knowledge of the language or culture? The clip shows the strength of the cultural traditions that Onsonato Galluzzo and his wife brought with them from Italy. See how the older family members maintain their Italian heritage and the younger generation adapt ...