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Debney Meadows Primary School ethnographic study in the Australian Children's Folklore archive, 1984

This is a booklet called 'Play and Friendships in a Multi-cultural Playground' lying on top of handwritten observations. The observations have been dated, and are on lined white writing-pad pages. The booklet is the result of a project called Play and Friendships in a Multi-cultural Playground (an ethnographic study of ...

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Biography: Federation people: Thomas Roberts

Investigate famous artist Thomas (Tom) Roberts's role in Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Roberts: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.


'The battlefield - Red Hill', 1854

This is a watercolour, pen and ink sketch by Charles Alphonse Doudiet. It depicts a panoramic view of Red Hill in Ballarat, looking out from Post Office Hill, during the height of the Victorian gold rush in 1854. In the image Red Hill is a small township of makeshift huts and tents formed around the gold diggings in eastern ...


Colonial Sydney

This is a collection of 22 digital curriculum resources focusing on Sydney in the colonial era. Highlighting the importance of the sea and rivers in the settlement and growth of the city, the collection includes paintings and photographs of views around Sydney Harbour, in the city centre and in the Parramatta area. It is ...


Colonial Melbourne

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focusing on the foundation of Melbourne and its development in the colonial era. It is organised into five categories - the foundation of Melbourne; Melbourne in the late 1830s and 1840s; Melbourne in the 1850s and 1860s; Melbourne from 1870 to 1900; and maps showing ...


Colonial South Australia

This is a collection of 24 digital curriculum resources focusing on the foundation of South Australia and its development in the colonial era. It is organised into seven categories - early years of the colony; migrating to the colony; settling in South Australia; developing the colony; exploring the colony; changing boundaries; ...


Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound

This is an oil painting of Ship Cove in the Marlborough Sounds, South Island, New Zealand. It was painted by John Webber (1751-93) in 1788. In the foreground is a small group of Mäori and behind them are others, some in canoes, and a tent-like structure on the edge of a bay. A harbour and distant hills can be seen in the ...


School breaking up for the holidays

This is an excerpt from an Australian silent documentary made in 1927 entitled 'Warrnambool: the ideal city'. It shows a primary school in Warrnambool, Victoria, in the late 1920s. The schoolchildren are gathering for an assembly outdoors, where the principal leads them in giving three cheers to celebrate the holidays, ...


Primary school students in 1885

This is an 1885 photograph of students and three teachers of the Clyde Creek State School near Gladstone, Queensland. The group is standing outside, against a wall made of wide wooden planks, probably part of the school. Most of the children are young girls, who wear protective aprons over their clothes. One of the teachers ...


A classroom scene at Molong, 1949

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1949 that shows a classroom scene, probably at Molong Public School in New South Wales. The photograph shows a teacher addressing a group of about 30 primary school students. The teacher stands at the front of the class, while the students are seated in rows at double wooden ...


'First view of the salt desert - called Lake Torrens'

This is an 1843 watercolour painting that shows a lone horseman, possibly the artist, E C Frome (1802-90), looking though a telescope at a salt lake, now called Lake Frome. This was one of a circle of vast salt lakes that, for many years, blocked the path of explorers trying to find a way to the centre of the continent. ...


'A view of the artist's house and garden, in Mills Plains, Van Diemen's Land'

This is an oil painting on canvas (76.4 cm x 114.4 cm) created by the artist, John Glover (1767-1849). Glover immigrated to Tasmania from Britain in 1830 at the age of 63, and the painting shows his Tasmanian home and garden. Glover's new shingle-roofed stone farmhouse and wooden studio-gallery with its 'ski jump' skillion ...


'Evening shadows, backwater of the Murray, South Australia'

This is a large oil painting (120.6 cm x 184.1 cm), created by H J Johnstone, that depicts a twilight scene on the backwaters of the Murray River in the late 19th century. The fading light has almost turned the giant red river gums that dominate the scene into silhouettes, exaggerating the bulk of their trunks and the twisted ...


'Wooloomooloo Bay, Sydney', 1852

This is a pen-and-wash drawing by George French Angas (1822-86) of Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney, dated 16 December 1852 (the title uses an alternative spelling). Looking north-east across Sydney Harbour towards the Heads, it is a scene only lightly touched by humans, with some wharf buildings in the middle ground, three dinghies ...


'Opening of the Free Chapel at Angaston, German Pass', 1844

This is a hand-coloured lithograph print of a drawing by George French Angas (1822-86). It shows a group of men and women, dressed in their Sunday best, picnicking on a slope in front of a small stone chapel in the hills of the Barossa Valley, South Australia, in 1844. The chapel is the only structure in an open woodland ...


'Residence of John Macarthur near Parramatta, NSW'

This is a watercolour study by the painter Joseph Lycett (1774-1828), measuring 20.8 cm x 28.6 cm and painted around 1824. It depicts Elizabeth Farm, which had been established some 30 years earlier (1793) by the founders of Australia's merino wool industry, Elizabeth and John Macarthur. It shows an open park-like setting ...


'An Australian fjord'

This is a large oil painting, measuring 124.5 cm x 88.7 cm, and painted by W C Piguenit (1836-1914) between 1899 and 1901. A mist has just lifted, revealing a sweeping panorama, all slick and shiny and wet in the early morning light. Beyond a foreground of rocks and tangled vegetation, a mirror-smooth river runs off into ...


'Stony Rises, Lake Corangamite'

This is an oil painting, measuring 71.2 cm x 86.4 cm, by the Australian colonial artist Eugene von Guérard (1811-1901). It shows a group of Aboriginal people camped near a large rocky outcrop. It is late afternoon and the setting sun has cast the foreground rocks and figures in shadow. However, there is sufficient light ...


'North Head, Sydney Harbour'

This is a watercolour measuring 45.3 cm x 64.8 cm, that presents a sparkling view of Sydney Harbour, by the Australian colonial artist Conrad Martens (1801-78). The dramatic cliffs of the North Heads can be seen in the distance as if floating on a sheet of shimmering light-blue water, while beyond the Heads the ocean fades ...


'A ti-tree glade'

This is a large oil painting, measuring 170.1 cm x 138.4 cm, by Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917) - a member of the Heidelberg School of landscape artists who were active in Melbourne in the late 19th century. It shows a woman herding home a group of cows at a leisurely pace across a sunlit paddock. The action is framed by ...