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Discovering democracy: the first parliament

Examine the background to the first parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. Find out about the preparations for the ceremony and the reasons for holding it in Melbourne. Identify the key individuals involved. Explore Tom Roberts's painting of the opening of the first parliament and find out about the background to ...

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Self-portrait of Grace Cossington Smith, c1951

This is a self-portrait oil painting by Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984), measuring 48.9 cm x 36.7 cm. It shows a three-quarter view of the artist's head and upper body, with the eyes angled to look at the viewer. Cossington Smith is wearing a short-sleeved orange top buttoned to the neck. She has round dark-rimmed glasses ...

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'Namatjira the Painter', 1947

This is a black-and-white photograph of Aboriginal watercolour artist Albert Namatjira with assistant film director Lee Robinson. Namatjira is sitting with his sketchpad on his knee and Robinson appears to be handing Namatjira a box of matches, as each has an unlit cigarette in his mouth. The photograph was taken in the ...

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Tuckson, 1988: Passionate painter

This clip shows scenes of a gallery displaying the artworks of Australian painter Tony Tuckson. These scenes are accompanied by lively classical music, and a narrator identifies defining elements of Tuckson's painting style. This is followed by voice-over commentary by a friend or associate of Tuckson. This commentary is ...

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Tim Storrier, 'Lighting Fires', 1993: Australian night sky

This clip shows Australian artist Tim Storrier working in his studio. He is shown preparing to continue working on his large painting of the Australian night sky. He looks at a small study he has previously done and familiarises himself with a star chart. He commences painting and the camera shows him from behind, standing ...

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Smart's Labyrinth, 1994: Always the light

This clip shows artist Jeffrey Smart describing his approach to painting. It combines shots of the urban landscape that Smart paints with examples of his work. The artist explains that he is inspired by the way light falls on an object, rather than by the object itself, and that he sees and celebrates beauty in urban landscapes. ...

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Arthur Boyd: Testament of a Painter, 1994: Antipodean Chagall

This clip shows the emergence of Arthur Boyd as a painter of international regard, through his series of paintings called 'Love, Marriage and Death of a Half-caste', also known as the 'Bride' series. A series of close-ups and details of early Boyd paintings with voice-over narration describe Boyd's development as a painter ...

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Arthur Boyd - Figures in the Landscape, 1985: Painting by hand

This clip shows Australian artist Arthur Boyd working on a large canvas in his studio. In voice-over he describes how he uses his fingers and the palm of his hand to paint. Boyd says this technique is quicker than using a brush and allows him to get closer to the canvas and to feel his way through the painting. He says ...

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'One hid under the bullock's hide', 1991

This is a painting by Kukatja/Wangkajunga artist Rover Thomas (Joolama) depicting the site of a 1910s massacre of Aboriginal people at Horseshoe Creek on Texas Downs Station in the east Kimberley of Western Australia. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives information about Thomas's ...

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Always an artist: George Lambert

This resource is a video about George Lambert (1873-1930), an official Australian war artist during World War I (1914-18). The video showcases many of Lambert's paintings and photographs produced during the period when he was attached to the Australian Army in Palestine, Israel and Syria. His works include candid photographs ...

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Sidney Nolan: 'Kiata', c1943

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Kiata' by Sidney Nolan and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting, and information about the artist's views. The painting represents ...

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Ian Fairweather: 'Monastery', 1961

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Monastery' by Ian Fairweather and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The abstract painting ...

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Sidney Nolan: 'Ned Kelly', 1946

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Ned Kelly' by Sidney Nolan and catalogue information about the painting. This is one painting in a series of 27 abstract paintings, each capturing a selected incident in the story of the iconic Kelly gang. There is also a video with audio commentary about the ...

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Roy De Maistre: 'New Atlantis', c1933

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'New Atlantis' by Roy De Maistre and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The abstract painting ...

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Carol Rudyard: 'Northern theme', 1973

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Northern theme' by Carol Rudyard and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The painting references ...

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Imants Tillers: 'Terra incognita', 2005

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the large-format painting 'Terra incognita' by Imants Tillers (1950-). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and his artwork. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting's title means 'unknown ...

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Hans Heysen: 'The saplings', 1904

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'The saplings' by Hans Heysen and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The painting pays homage ...

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Shane Cotton: 'Three-quarter view', 2005

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting, 'Three-quarter view', by Shane Cotton (b1965, New Zealand). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's ideas and symbolism for his artwork. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting highlights ...

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Fred Williams: 'Upwey landscape', 1965-66

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'Upwey landscape' by Fred Williams (1927-82). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's ideas and how he developed his abstract landscapes. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting represents ...

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Tony Tuckson: 'Watery', 1960

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'Watery, by Tony Tuckson (1927-73). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and ideas for his abstract-expressionist landscape. the commentary is provided as text on the web page. The painter employed a gestural ...