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Child migrants from Britain

This clip explains how and why children from orphanages in Britain came to Australia after the Second World War. Using film footage from the 1940s and 50s, the first part of the clip reveals why British children were especially valued as migrants. In the second part Rose Kruger tells how she 'volunteered' to come to Australia ...

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Founders' Day at a Barnardo's home

This is an excerpt from a 1920 silent film entitled 'Founders' Day at Barnardo's homes'. It begins with the title and the intertitle, 'The Archbishop of Armagh and Sir George Reid attend the annual celebrations at the Girl’s [sic] Village Home, Barkingside.'. It shows people arriving by horse and carriage and children being ...

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Future Australians at Melbourne Zoo - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary film made in 1923 that was probably entitled 'Future Australians'. It shows boys who had travelled from England to Australia as immigrants, spending a day at the zoo. They are shown watching the hippos and monkeys and riding on an elephant and a miniature train. The excerpt is ...

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Future Australians at Melbourne Zoo - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary film made in 1923 which was probably entitled 'Future Australians'. It shows boys who had migrated from England to Australia, spending a day at the Zoo. They are shown watching the keeper feed the dingoes and the lions. The excerpt is introduced by the intertitle, 'The most popular ...

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Winners - On Loan, 1985: 'Why was I adopted?'

This clip shows Lindy (Marillac Johnston) walking along a beach with the man she now knows to be her birth father. He explains how she came to be given up by her Vietnamese mother and later adopted. Lindy and her adoptive family together with her birth father, Le (Quang Chinh Dinh), are later shown in the family's living ...

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The Leaving of Liverpool, 1992: A new life

This clip, set in Liverpool, England, in the 1950s, shows an official at an orphanage addressing a group of children. He asks the children if they would like to keep the 'British flag flying' in distant lands and if they are 'ready for an adventure'. The children are instructed to form into three groups, depending on whether ...

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If Only, 2003: Facing the demons

This clip shows Georgina telling of her life as a ward of state and her daughter describing what a wonderful mother Georgina later became. It opens with Georgina revealing the effect of her mother's refusal to sign adoption papers. While looking for the house where she worked as a young adult, Georgina tells of the work ...

Teacher resource

Activities: History, Episode 1 - Childhood

This resource for History teachers is focused on a variety of childhood experiences in Australia, and also relates to childbearing and the women's movement. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 1 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series. This series investigates the social ...