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Listed under:  History  >  Historical inquiry  >  Historical sources  >  Primary sources
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Australia in 1846 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Australia, published c1846, showing early colonies and the borders of the colony of South Australia. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure ...

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Brisbane 1874 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Brisbane, published c1874, showing its condition 50 years after its establishment, including early government buildings and other public facilities such as schools, hospitals and gardens. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can ...

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British Imperial Federation map of the world 1889 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the world, published c1889, showing the British Empire and its possessions at the time, including Australia. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to ...

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Commonwealth of Australia 1908 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Australia, published in 1908, showing the borders of the new Australian states in very close to their modern-day configurations. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students ...

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Darwin 1942 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map of Darwin published in Toyko during World War II. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area and distance, and they can also search for images. Using SpatialGenie, ...

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Plan of the town and suburbs of Sydney 1822 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the town and suburbs of Sydney, published c1822, showing the grid of streets, houses, military features and public facilities such as schools and gardens. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add ...

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Plan of the town of Hobart 1893 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the town of Hobart, published c1893, showing features including transport, maritime areas, public facilities, industries and churches. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students ...

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Plan of the town of Melbourne 1850 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Melbourne town, published c1850, showing a street plan and land allotments north of the Yarra River. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure ...

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Plan of the town of Sydney 1811 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the town of Sydney, published c1811, showing land use including military features, sea access and government land. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools ...

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Railway systems of Australia 1880-89 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the railway systems of Australia, published c1889, showing the different railway lines, which operated largely to join mining and agricultural centres to the coasts. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone ...

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The Australian colonies in 1853 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the Australian colonies, published in 1853, showing the existing colonial borders at that time. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area ...

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Adelaide city and parkland 1895-97 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of Adelaide, published c1895-97, showing north and south of the Torrens River. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area and distance, and they ...

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Proposed design of the layout for Canberra 1912 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map showing an alternative design for Canberra prepared by a departmental board from the Department of Home Affairs for consideration by the Parliament in November 1912. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other ...

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Baudin arrives in New Holland

Imagine the excitement of Nicolas Baudin and his scientists when they reach 'New Holland'. After seven months at sea they can finally explore this strange new land. This clip describes the thrill and the tragedy of Baudin's first days in 'New Holland'.

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Wedding cake survives World War I

When studying history, how useful are primary sources? For example, we may know from secondary sources how valued personal effects and mementos were to soldiers fighting in trenches overseas during World War I. What is the effect of having something like this wedding cake, a primary source, to validate this proposition?

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Ground zero 1945, a schoolboy's story

This is a powerful collection of online materials focusing on the illustrated testimony of atomic bomb survivor Akihiro Takahashi who was a schoolboy when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The materials consist of an introduction to Takahashi and his work for peace; four Visual Narratives of Takahashi's experiences illustrated ...

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The Black Ship Scroll

This is a collection showing two versions of the Black Ship Scroll, a long painted scroll ('emaki') depicting the members of US Commodore Matthew Perry's second expedition to Japan, their ships and their activities. One of the scroll versions shown is the famous 9-metre scroll painted in Shimoda. Animations show the two ...

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Australia in 1846 - Google map layer

This is a historical map of Australia, published c1846, showing early colonies and the borders of the colony of South Australia. This artefact has been georeferenced and is intended to be viewed as a map layer in Google Earth. Google Earth must be installed in order to open the resource.

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Brisbane 1874 - Google map layer

This is a historical map of Brisbane, published c1874, showing its condition 50 years after its establishment, including early government buildings and other public facilities such as schools, hospitals and gardens. This artefact has been georeferenced and is intended to be viewed as a map layer in Google Earth. Google ...

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Darwin 1942 - Google map layer

This is a map of Darwin published in Toyko during World War II. This artefact has been georeferenced and is intended to be viewed as a map layer in Google Earth. Google Earth must be installed in order to open the resource.