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Listed under:  Society  >  Culture  >  Ceremonies  >  Opening ceremonies
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Kewpie doll used at Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony, 2000

This is an oversized prop kewpie doll comprising a head, arms, legs and torso cast in fibreglass. It was used at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games closing ceremony. The 'skin' of the kewpie is painted pink, and the moulded facial features and hair are also painted. A red bodice has been painted onto the torso. Two arms attach ...

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Sydney 2000 Olympic Games torch carried by Cathy Freeman

This is the torch that was carried by Cathy Freeman and other celebrated Australians at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The torch is slightly arc-shaped, tapering towards the base, and it is made from shaped polished steel. A pivoting cover sleeve provides access to the fuel cylinder. The cover is made up of two shells; ...

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Seating arrangements plan for the opening of Federal Parliament, 1901

This is a seating plan for the opening of the first Australian Federal Parliament on 9 May 1901 in the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Seating areas for invited guests are printed in red. A key to ticket colours is provided in the bottom right-hand corner of the plan.

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Set of wooden dais steps, 1901

This is set of wooden dais steps used at the Exhibition Building, Carlton, at the opening of the first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia on 9 May 1901.

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Invitation to a reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, 1901

This a highly coloured invitation to a reception to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. The invitiation states: 'His Majesty's / MINISTERS OF STATE FOR AUSTRALIA / have the honor to invite / Mr and Mrs Anthony Clota / to an Evening Reception at the / Exhibition Building MELBOURNE, / on the 9th of May 1901, at ...

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Invitation to celebrations for the opening of Federal Parliament, 1901

This is an invitation to the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament of Australia by the Duke of Cornwall and York. It is a lithograph on white card. On the right a female figure representing Australia stands above the Australian coat of arms. She faces a figure of Britannia, who stands above the royal coat of arms. ...

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Director of operations Donna McMahon talking about the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

This is a video of Donna McMahon talking about operations inside control room 5 during the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. McMahon is filmed in front of a video showing the action inside and outside the control room at different stages of the event. The duration of the video is 1 min 19 sec.

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Props construction manager Al Martinez talking about the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, 2006

This is a video about the construction of the eel and fish puppets for 'My skin, my life', part of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Al Martinez, the props construction manager, talks about the design process, from models and prototypes to his vision for the completed puppets. The duration of the video ...

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Wesley Enoch talking about 'My skin, my life' segment of Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, 2006

This is a video about the concept of 'My skin my life', part of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Wesley Enoch, the director of the Indigenous part of the opening ceremony, talks about the meaning of some of the symbols in the segment and the message he was trying to convey in the whole performance. ...

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Brook Andrew talking about the 'My skin, my life' segment of the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

This is a video about designing props for 'My skin my life', a segment of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Designer Brook Andrew talks about the origins of the ideas for the designs. He talks in front of a video that shows rehearsals and the actual performance. The duration of the video is 1 min 17 sec.

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Mahony Kiely and Anna Cordingly talking about the possum skin cloaks worn in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, 2006

This is a video about the designs for banners used in 'My skin my life', part of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. The community and programs coordinator, Mahony Kiely, and designer Anna Cordingley talk about the origins of the designs and how they were adapted for the banners. Short excerpts show ...

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Vicki Couzens talking about the possum skin cloaks worn in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, 2006

This is a video about the possum skin cloaks worn by the Aboriginal Elders in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Vicki Couzens, the artistic director of the Possum Skin Cloaks Project, talks about how the cloaks were made and what they represent. As she talks we see footage of the designs on the cloaks, ...

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Things with wings - The transformation of a toy duck, 2006

This is a video about the waddling duck puppet and other winged props used in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Al Martinez (props construction manager) and Dan Potra (production designer) talk about the designs and show how they work. The duration is 1 min 16 sec.  

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Auditioning to be a puppetee - Flocks, fish and eels, 2006

This is a video about how puppeteers were selected for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Casting consultant Rachael Azzopardi and director of puppetry Peter Wilson talk about the attributes the performers needed. The duration of the video is 1 min 43 sec.

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Auditioning to be an acrobat - Creating koala havoc, 2006

This is a video about selecting the koala acrobats for the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Casting consultant Rachel Azzopardi describes the selection process as footage of the audtitions plays in the background. The duration is 1 min 24 sec.

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On and off the field - Moving the masses, 2006

This is a video interview with Sophie Berry, who helped coordinate rehearsals for the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The video includes footage of performers during rehearsals. The duration is 1 min 1 sec.

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How to fly a tram! - 1.8 tonnes with wings, 2006

This is a video about the flying tram from the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Melbourne. Greg Gowans, production manager, automation, and Chris Younger, lead programmer, technical, talk about their roles in the project. The duration of the video is 1 min 38 sec.

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Moving the tram - Getting large props off the field, 2006

This is a video about the flying tram segment of the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Melbourne. Lisa Webb, production manager, services, explains how the tram is removed from the field when its segment has finished. The duration of the video is 1 min 3 sec.

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John Howard, Prime Minister 1996-2007

This is a colour photograph of the Honourable John Howard, Australia's twenty-fifth Prime Minister. It shows him walking up the steps of the National Archives to launch a Gift to the Nation. The launch was part of the release of all of the World War I service records in an online digital format. Howard walks alongside the ...

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A bridge across a century - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how students investigated the iconic nature of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the story behind its construction and the events surrounding its dramatic opening. The story of the bridge is a central focus for an exploration of life in Australia during the 1930s. It includes a unit of work developed ...