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Australian biography: Sir Marcus Oliphant, 1991

'Sir Marcus Oliphant' is an excerpt from the program 'Sir Marcus Oliphant' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian biography' series one (7 x 26 min), produced in 1991. The 'Australian biography' series profiles some of the most extraordinary Australians of our time. Many have had a major influence on the nation's cultural, ...

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Joan Winch, 2003: Indigenous health workers

This clip is an excerpt from 'Joan Winch' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian biography' series 9, produced in 2003. In the clip Joan Winch - a Nyungar-Martujarra Elder, nurse, midwife, academic and educator - talks about setting up an Aboriginal health workers' program in Western Australia. She asked the community to nominate ...

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Neville Bonner, 1991: beginnings

This clip shows Aboriginal activist and politician Neville Bonner talking about his early life. He says that his mother was deserted by her first husband, after which the family moved to Lismore and lived on the bank of the Richmond River. The conditions there were 'very shocking'. Bonner's grandfather cleared an area under ...

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Video of Anita Apinis speaking about her parents, who emigrated from Latvia as refugees, 2006

This is a video of Anita Apinis speaking about her parents' experience of emigrating from Latvia to Australia as refugees. She demonstrates traditional Latvian weaving on the loom that her parents brought to Australia, made from salvaged wood in a displaced person's camp in Memmingen, Germany. She also discusses traditional ...

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Video of Nyabana Riek speaking about her experience as a refugee from Sudan, 2006

This is a video of Nyabana Riek speaking about her experience as a refugee from Sudan. She talks about escaping war in Sudan, living in refugee camps, losing most of her family, immigrating to Australia with her sister, being bullied at school in Australia and receiving support from the local Sudanese community. The video ...

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Video of Cuc Lam describing her experience as a refugee from Vietnam, 2006

This is a video of Cuc Lam speaking about her experience as a refugee from Vietnam. She talks about her unsuccessful attempts to escape from Vietnam, and about finally escaping with her husband by boat in 1978 and being rescued by the Malaysian navy. She also talks about the deaths of her niece and nephew during their attempt ...

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Video of discussion about the Women on Farms Gathering Collection, 2006-07

This video begins with curator Liza Dale-Hallett and historian Marian Quartly talking about the Women on Farms Gathering perpetual banner. They also discuss the implications of curating an object that is still in use and whose meaning is still being created by a community. Following that is an interview with two women, ...

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Deb Tout Smith talks about the Melbourne Story exhibition, 2008

This is a video of Melbourne Museum curator Deb Tout Smith talking about the Melbourne Story exhibition at Melbourne Museum. The video was made in 2008.

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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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Wedding dress worn by Agnes Thompson, 1833

This is a silk and cotton wedding dress with matching leather shoes. The dress is made from cream silk organdy, and it has a low, rounded neck, pronounced leg-of-mutton sleeves and a high waist. The seams have been stitched by hand using backstitch. The top of each sleeve is gathered into pencil pleats and this detail is ...

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What impacts has immigration had on Australia?

In this unit of work students investigate stories of immigration and the impact migrants have had on Australian society over time. This unit of work uses the objects and displays from the National Museum of Australia's previous Horizons gallery (now replaced by the Australian Journeys gallery) and other Museum exhibitions ...

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A school's history of sustainability

Discover the history of sustainability at a local primary school as two generations of past students reflect on their time at the school. View this clip called 'The past of our present', created by young reporters from North Fitzroy Primary School, Victoria. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making ...

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Celebrating achievements

Discover some different ways that people celebrate achievements. This clip takes you to two big celebrations: a street parade and a graduation. Find out what it takes to achieve things worth celebrating. Learn some ways that you can help others achieve.

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Nellie Gibson: life during wartime

Help a teenager put together a scrapbook of her experiences living in Perth during World War II. Browse through a scrapbook about her life before the war. Look at family photos, newspaper cuttings, documents and other souvenirs. Examine maps showing locations of major battles fought during World War II in Europe, North ...

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This house: settling in Port Adelaide

Explore the life stories of a range of people who lived in a house in Port Adelaide between 1860 and 1956. Find out where they came from, how they got to South Australia and what they brought with them. Find clues to match objects with their original owners from England, Denmark, Ireland and Poland. Answer questions about ...

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This house: settling in Ballarat

Explore the life stories of a range of people who lived in a house in Ballarat between 1857 and 2000. Find out where they came from, how they got to Victoria and what they brought with them. Find clues to match objects with their original owners from Scotland, Germany, Greece and India. Answer questions about each of the ...

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This house: settling in Broome

Explore the life stories of a range of people who lived in a house in Broome between 1902 and 1982. Find out where they came from, how they got to Western Australia and what they brought with them. Find clues to match objects with their original owners from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. Answer questions about ...

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Samuel Cooper: putting the rabble to work

Play the role of a Commandant’s Clerk at Port Arthur, Tasmania, in 1843. Examine the appearance, character and skills of a group of convicts. Assign the convicts to appropriate work at Port Arthur, according to their skills and experience. Explore the life stories of real convicts on which the fictional characters are based.

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Nhu Minh: multiculturalism in Australia

Meet Nhu Minh, a Vietnamese-Australian studying in Melbourne in 1987. Explore Nhu's cultural background, showing how multiculturalism has enriched life in Australia. Examine photos, personal notes and historic materials. Use these materials to build a storyboard, including captions and voiceovers.

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This house: settling in Mackay

Explore the life stories of a range of people who lived in a house in Mackay between 1890 and 1989. Find out where they came from, how they got to Queensland and what they brought with them. Find clues to match objects with their original owners from England, Malta, the Netherlands and Samoa. Answer questions about each ...