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Mervyn Bishop: Merv's parents

Explore a personal perspective on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through the photos of Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop. Examine his photos and personal notes. Trace the background of his parents and the barriers they faced. Find out how Indigenous people were restricted by authorities such as the New South Wales ...

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Mervyn Bishop: the old days

Explore a personal perspective on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through the photos of Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop. Examine his family photos and personal notes. Look at the early experiences of his maternal grandmother, including her assignment to domestic service work for other families. Find out how authorities ...

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Mervyn Bishop: mission life

Explore a personal perspective on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through the photos of Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop. Examine his family photos and personal notes. Look at the early experiences of his maternal grandmother, including her life in a mission and assignment to domestic service work. Investigate how ...

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Making a difference: Barak

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Barak, a Wurundjeri leader. Trace his story, including protests he led and his efforts to prevent the forced removal of his people from Coranderrk Station, a farm near Healesville in Victoria. Investigate how the government of the time ...

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Making a difference: Yagan

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Yagan, a Noongar leader who lived in the Swan River region of Western Australia (c.1795–1833). Trace his story, including his conflicts with settlers and efforts to protect his people. Investigate how the government of the time handled ...

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Making a difference: the Day of Mourning protesters

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about activists protesting on Australia Day, 1938. Trace the stories of people such as William Ferguson, William Cooper, Jack Patten, Margaret Tucker and Pearl Gibbs. Examine how they created a framework for later efforts promoting Indigenous ...

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Making a difference: Vincent Lingiari

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Vincent Lingiari. Trace his story, including the leadership of the Wave Hill walk-off and the struggle for land rights. Consider the hardship endured by Indigenous peoples living on Wave Hill cattle station. Investigate barriers Lingiari ...

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Making a difference: Charles Perkins

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Charles Perkins. Trace his story, including his work in the public service and as a social activist. Examine how he raised awareness of discrimination against Indigenous people. Investigate barriers he faced and how people reacted to his ...

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Making a difference: Michael Long

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Michael Long, a former Australian Rules footballer and social activist. Trace his story, including conflicts where he exposed racism in sport. Investigate how sporting authorities have handled racial abuse. Look at Michael's efforts to ...

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Discovering democracy: Australia celebrates Federation

Use a map of Australia to find out what was happening and how people around the nation celebrated Federation on 1 January 1901. View images of the town and read accounts of the celebrations as Australia officially became one nation. Write an account for a newspaper comparing and contrasting the nature of the celebrations.

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Discovering democracy: Federation timeline

Use a timeline to find information about significant events and ideas in the establishment of a federated Australia. Nominate specific years or scroll from 1788 to 1901 to see what steps were key in determining the nature of government in Australia.

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Discovering democracy: democracy timeline

Use a timeline to find information about significant events and ideas in the development and evolution of democracy in the world, focusing on Australia. Nominate specific years or scroll from the latest date back to 0 (where events dated BC are listed).

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Opening of New South Wales State Parliament

This is a black-and-white silent film clip from a newsreel segment screened in 1918 showing the pomp and pageantry associated with the opening of the New South Wales Parliament. The newsreel segment, from a Pathe weekly newsreel, is entitled 'Opening of State Parliament by his Excellency the Governor Sir Gerald Strickland' ...

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Food aid for victims of Cyclone Tracy, 1975

This is a colour photograph of people lining up for a meal at the Darwin High School relief centre in 1975. It shows victims of Cyclone Tracy serving themselves from a smorgasbord of fresh food spread out on tables set up in an open area under the School.

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Disaster relief after Cyclone Tracy, 1975

This is a colour photograph showing a crowd of people eating their meals in the concrete forecourt of the Darwin High School, which became the main food distribution centre for Darwin's citizens after the devastation of their homes and their city by Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve 1974.

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Invitation to the inaugural Commonwealth celebrations, 1901

This is a printed, coloured invitation card from the Government of New South Wales, inviting guests to attend celebrations for the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia from 1 January 1901. There is a picture of young girls dressed in white in a boat on the left of the card, holding the badges or symbols of the ...

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Ministerial tour of Kimberley region, Western Australia, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in July 1926 that shows two men standing on a rocky track in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. At the time the track served as the road between Turkey Creek and Wyndham. A caption on the photograph reads 'TURKEY CREEK - WYNDHAM ROAD'.

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Portrait of Edith Cowan, 1920s

This is a black-and-white photographic portrait of Edith Cowan (1861-1932). The photograph, measuring 20.3 cm x 15.2 cm, was taken in the early 1920s and shows Cowan in her sixties, around the time she was serving as Australia's first female member of a state parliament. Handwritten text below the image reads 'yours sincerely ...

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Petition for enfranchising South Australian women, 1894

This is a fragment of a signed petition, organised by the South Australian Women's Suffrage League in 1894, asking the Speaker and House of Assembly in South Australia to grant women equal voting rights with men. The document respectfully requests that legislation be passed to allow the enfranchisement of adult women. The ...

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Female suffrage Act, South Australia, 1894

This is the first page of a Bill for the enactment of an amendment to the Constitution and Electoral Acts of South Australia to allow women to hold equal voting rights with men. The 1894 Bill grants women the right to vote in elections for both the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly. A handwritten notation on ...