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Zou ba! Families: members of other families

Explore the Chinese words for grandparents. Notice that different words are used for paternal and maternal grandparents. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Zou ba! Families: family member activities

Explore the weekend activities enjoyed by a family member. This includes activities such as watching TV, listening to music and playing computer games. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Zou ba! Objects: belongings

Find out how to talk about the owner of various items. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Losing Layla, 2001: Grief is uncharted territory

This clip shows Vanessa Gorman and her partner, Michael, walking along a street and inside a bank before cutting to Vanessa describing her grief after the death of their newborn baby, Layla. Vanessa describes the grief as a roller-coaster in a piece to camera that is followed by footage of a roller-coaster. Vanessa is then ...

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Touch the Sun - Princess Kate: 'Mothers don't give up their babies easily'

This clip opens with Kate (Justine Clarke) talking to Barry (Nick Enright) in his western Sydney home about her adoption and her desire to find her biological mother. Barry, who works for a volunteer organisation, tells Kate that because she is under 18 he can't help her without her adoptive parents' consent. In the final ...

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Scrapbook compiled by Mary Truby King, 1928-2002

This is a personal scrapbook compiled by Mary Truby King, mostly in the 1930s. It is a thick bound foolscap book with heavy marbled cardboard covers and a maroon leather spine. Its blank pages are numbered and the first pages have alphabetical tabs. The scrapbook contains pasted clippings of Truby King's own articles from ...

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Agnes Starkey with baby sitting on front porch steps, South Melbourne, c1930

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Agnes Starkey with a baby (possibly her child Frank) sitting on the steps of the front porch of their family home in South Melbourne. She is wearing a summer dress and squinting into the sun. In the right foreground is a shadow cast by the photographer, Agnes' husband, Joseph Starkey.

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John Ellerbock smoking cigarette on boat, with family, Mordialloc, 1960

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Ellerbock family on a boat at Mordialloc. John Ellerbock is smoking a cigarette while surrounded by his children Ingrid, Herb, Anna and John Jr. The photograph was taken in 1960. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Joseph Starkey sitting with baby son Kenneth on porch steps, South Melbourne, 1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Joseph Starkey holding his baby son Kenneth on his knee while sitting on the back steps of the family home in South Melbourne. The shadow cast at the right belongs to the photographer, Joseph's wife Agnes, who took the picture in the 1930s. The image is a digital scan of the ...

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Letter to Aircraftman Royce Phillips from his father, 17 Feb 1942

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined paper. The paper has browned and there are minor losses from insect activity. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

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Letter to Aircraftman Royce Phillips from his father, 1942 - item 2

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined paper. The paper has browned and there are minor losses from insect activity. Water damage is also significant. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

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Letter to Aircraftman Royce Phillips from his father, 27 Jan 1942

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined paper. The paper has browned and there are losses from insect activity. Water staining is also evident. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

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Personal letter from W C Wentworth to his father, 1805

This personal letter was written by William Charles Wentworth from London on 14 July 1805 to his father, D'Arcy Wentworth, who was then a surgeon on Norfolk Island. It comprises cream-coloured textured paper with faded ink handwriting on both sides. It is addressed to 'Mr Wentworth, Norfolk Island, New South Wales' and ...

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'Migrant mother', 1936

This is one of the most famous photographs of the Great Depression in the USA. It shows Florence Owens Thompson aged 32 huddled together with three of her seven children (the baby is obscured). The family as a whole are described in the Library of Congress catalogue as 'migrant' (ie itinerant) pea pickers in California ...

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'On nights like this' by Josephine Rowe

'On nights like this' by Josephine Rowe is a poem in which the narrator summons memories of her absent mother captured in unhappy domestic situations. Thoughts of her mother feeding the rabbits on a cold winter's night is the one memory the narrator finds the 'nicest'. The poem is presented in a white box on a black background ...

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Women and children protesting in Albury, 1973

This is a black-and-white photograph taken on 23 October 1973 that shows women and children in Albury, New South Wales, demonstrating to demand a childcare centre. This photograph comes from the personal papers of Gough Whitlam, the Prime Minister at the time.

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Baby competition, Bondi, 1921

This is an excerpt from an edition (probably the 520th) of the silent black-and-white newsreel 'Australasian Gazette', showing scenes from a baby competition at Bondi, New South Wales, in 1921. The opening title reads, 'SYDNEY, N.S.W. AUSTRALIA'S BONNIE BABES. Over 300 babies were entered for the Baby Competition recently ...

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Maidens, 1978: The Lettes of Willow Glen

This clip shows black-and-white photographs of filmmaker Jeni Thornley's maternal family between 1900 and 1921. The photographs are combined with Thornley's narration and quoted correspondence to trace the history of the family. The account spans settlement in rural Tasmania, where the extended family worked the land, to ...

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Big People, Small People, 1991: 'Wealthy on the inside'

This clip shows a woman questioning whether money can buy happiness. She describes the importance her ex-husband placed on financial security, and how she came to appreciate the fragility of financial security when their brand-new dream home was condemned by the local council as unsafe. This led to the break-up of their ...

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Night Cries - A Rural Tragedy, 1989: Washing feet

This clip opens with a close-up of an Aboriginal woman's hands gently bathing the gnarled feet of her elderly Anglo-Australian mother. A flashback shows the mother as a young woman playing with her daughter by a stormy ocean, then leaving her in the care of two boys. The girl's obvious distress appears to go unnoticed by ...