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Discovering democracy: what sort of nation?

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore what has influenced the sort of nation Australia is and how it has changed over time. Complete a related task.

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Eventide and Westbrook Farm Home - Brisbane City Mission, 1950: Westbrook Farm Home

This black-and-white clip from 1950 is part of a promotional film made for the Westbrook Farm Home, a juvenile detention home for boys in Queensland. It opens with a long panning shot of the exterior of the sleeping quarters and cuts to shots of the superintendent and his wife, boys working on their vegetable plots, farm ...

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Life in the Great Depression - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea uses film and firsthand accounts of the Great Depression to help students empathise with people who lived through this difficult period. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Drawing of Caroline Chisholm

This is a black-and-white drawing of the 19th-century humanitarian and social reformer Caroline Chisholm, shown sitting in front of a covered table reading some papers, with a quill pen and books to the right. On the wall behind is a partial drawing of what may be a sea chart or map. Chisholm has been drawn wearing a dark-coloured ...

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On the farm - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the characteristics of farm animals so they can begin to write descriptive text. This unit is particularly aimed at ESL (NESB) students and those who have limited experience of the world beyond their immediate lives. Students have regular opportunities to listen to and use correct ...

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Women at the soup kitchen in Melbourne, 1930

This is an except from a 1930 silent film about the soup kitchens, which were set up in Melbourne to help the victims of the Great Depression (1929-39). The excerpt shows women, some with children, coming to a soup kitchen to get a cup of tea and some food.

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Helping our heroes, 1918

This is an extract from the 367th edition of the silent newsreel, 'Australasian Gazette', filmed and screened in 1918. The extract shows men and women of the Randwick Volunteer Workers Association clearing land intended for servicemen returning from the First World War. It also shows the women serving the men with cups ...

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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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Charity bazaar for Gallipoli heroes - asset 1

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of a Red Cross bazaar held in 1915 in Martin Place, Sydney, for troops in Gallipoli. It shows Martin Place after rain, from outside the General Post Office, with a slow pan across pavilion-style tent stalls selling flowers and other produce. Horse-drawn carriages, cars, top-hatted ...

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Charity bazaar for Gallipoli heroes - asset 2

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of a Red Cross bazaar held in 1915 in Martin Place, Sydney, for troops in Gallipoli. It shows a stall with a banner 'Red Cross Produce Workers Market for the War Chest' and women selling spring flowers and pinning ribbons on men's lapels.

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Recruiting at a charity bazaar

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of recruiting for voluntary military service during a Red Cross bazaar held in 1915 in Martin Place, Sydney, to raise money for troops in Gallipoli. It shows coins being thrown or placed on a British Union Jack flag painted on the ground, then cuts to a soldier recruiting a civilian ...

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Charity bazaar for Gallipoli heroes - asset 3

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of a Red Cross bazaar held in 1915 in Martin Place, Sydney, for troops in Gallipoli. It shows a woman standing next to a piano and singing to the crowd.

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Charity bazaar for Gallipoli heroes - asset 4

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of people at a Red Cross bazaar in Martin Place, Sydney, to raise money for the troops at Gallipoli. It shows young women shaking wooden collection boxes, recently recruited soldiers, soldiers donating money, and a stall emblazoned 'Anzac April 25, 1915, the Farmer and Settler ...

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Melbourne fire wagon and crew in 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1945, probably outside the Eastern Hill Fire Station in Melbourne. It shows a fire wagon with extendible ladder on top and firefighters in uniform with brass helmets standing on the vehicle's running board. Two small boys are watching from outside the building and a second wagon ...

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Women sorting clothes during the First World War

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of volunteer women sorting clothes during the First World War. It shows a group of women inspecting clothes and a newcomer being introduced and joining in the inspection.

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Red Cross women spinning during the First World War

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of women in Red Cross aprons spinning wool on treadle spinning wheels during the First World War. The camera pans slowly across the group then moves to a close-up of one woman at her spinning wheel.

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Red Cross women bottling during the First World War

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of Red Cross volunteers bottling fruit during the First World War. A medium-distance shot shows women in caps and aprons selecting, peeling and cooking fruit in vats or coppers and pouring it into bottles, followed by a close-up of women stirring the vat, filling bottles and applying ...

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Women packing food parcels during the Depression

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of women, probably Red Cross volunteers, packing food parcels for the destitute in Melbourne during the Great Depression (1929-32). It shows one woman wrapping items into a brown paper package while another stacks the finished packages onto a pile.