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Fawkner printing press, 1838

This video shows curator David Demant talking about John Pascoe Fawkner's printing press on display in Museum Victoria, and its important role in unifying a growing colony. The press was used to print Melbourne's first newspaper in 1838. The video runs for 1 min 55 sec, and includes a painting of John Pascoe Fawkner and ...

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First edition of the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 1803

This is a first edition of the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, published on 5 March 1803 by the Government Printer, Sydney. It is a black-and-white printed, folded newspaper. It contains general orders from the governor, notice of sales and advertising, news of ship movements, reports of a fire and notice ...

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Paying for the news, or not

Imagine a time before modern technology: no television, radio or computers. How did people find out about what was happening in the world? Through newspapers! Times are changing, however. With the internet at our fingertips, do we even need newspapers anymore? Watch this clip to find out how the internet is creating issues ...

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Newspapers: past, present, future

Will the traditional newspaper survive the online publication and distribution of news? Newspapers were once the main source of news and information, but now they compete for an audience with many other sources. Watch this clip to find out about the traditional newspaper's past, present and potential future.

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Is too much news bad for you?

Do you know any news addicts - people who can't get by without regular news updates? Philosopher and social commentator Alain de Botton believes many of us are watching, reading and listening to lots of news without considering the potential harm this might be causing. Join him in this discussion with ABC News Breakfast ...

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News story [includes spoken instructions]

Explore where newspapers come from and go to. Follow the production cycle of a newspaper: forest plantation, paper mill, printing press, newsagents, readers, waste paper and recycling. Look at how planting trees and recycling paper help the environment.

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News story [no spoken instructions]

Explore where newspapers come from and go to. Follow the production cycle of a newspaper: forest plantation, paper mill, printing press, newsagents, readers, waste paper and recycling. Look at how planting trees and recycling paper help the environment.

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Mervyn Bishop: the early years

Explore a personal perspective on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through the photos of Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop. Examine his photos and personal notes. Look at his childhood experiences and teenage years. Find out how he became one of the first Aboriginal people ever to work on a major Australian newspaper. ...

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Science reporter: geologist and environmental scientist

Explore the biographical profiles of two scientists: a geologist and an environmental scientist. Learn about their life and work. Find out why they enjoy their area of research. Then choose photos and interview responses to build a feature article for a newspaper. This learning object is a combination of two objects in ...

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Biography: Federation people: Louisa Lawson

IInvestigate the feminist Louisa Lawson's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Lawson: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how she was visually depicted in her time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Biography: Federation people: David Syme

Investigate newspaper editor and proprietor David Syme's role in Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Syme: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Biography: Federation people: John West

Investigate the role of John West, anti-transportation leader, Congregational Church minister and 'Sydney Morning Herald' editor, in the events leading up to Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of West: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. ...

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Design a layout: advertisement: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Design a layout: advertisement: assessment' (L9684). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input. For each of the tasks, read notes on the three main anticipated ...

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Design a layout: newspaper: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Design a layout: newspaper: assessment' (L9686). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input. For each of the tasks, read notes on the three main anticipated levels ...

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Unloading paper from a ship

This is a short excerpt from 'The Sydney Morning Herald', an 11-minute silent documentary film made in 1910. The excerpt shows a cargo of huge cylinders of newsprint being unloaded from a ship at a wharf in Sydney, New South Wales. A mechanical hoist lowers the cylinders over the side of the ship where seven men help to ...

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Carting paper to the stores

This is an excerpt from a 1910 silent documentary film, 'The Sydney Morning Herald'. It shows men on a wharf in Sydney, New South Wales, in the process of rolling large cylinders of paper up a ladder-like ramp onto a dray. Once loaded, the horses and drays are shown carting the paper through Sydney streets to the stores ...

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Newspaper folding machine in action

This is an excerpt from a 1910 silent documentary entitled 'The Sydney Morning Herald'. It shows one stage of the newspaper-printing process in the early 1900s, which is introduced by the intertitle: 'ANOTHER LARGE MACHINE SHOWING DELIVERY OF THE PAPERS FROM THE FOLDING MECHANISM'. The footage shows folding machines in ...

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Newspaper printing press in action

This is an excerpt from a 1910 silent documentary film entitled 'The Sydney Morning Herald', which shows the printing press of John Fairfax and Sons in Ultimo, Sydney in the early 1900s. The segment begins with an intertitle: 'STARTING UP. THIS MACHINE PRINTS 48,000 8 PAGE PAPERS PER HOUR'. It shows close-up shots of the ...

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A Chinese poster of 1925

This is a poster, about A4 in size, hand-lettered in traditional Chinese characters. The poster is one of two found by police in March 1925 in Campbell Street and Dixon Street in Sydney's Chinatown.

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Anzac Day in Gundagai in 1920 - asset 2

This is a short excerpt from a documentary about Gundagai's welcome home for the soldiers of Gundagai and surrounding districts returning from the First World War, filmed on Anzac Day in 1920. The excerpt shows a small crowd who have gathered, possibly at Gundagai's local hospital, to watch or take part in a two-up game.