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The Gough Whitlam saga

How do you make an entertaining documentary about a politician? Gough Whitlam was Labor prime minister from 1972-75 and has the distinction of being the only prime minister dismissed by the governor general. In this clip from a 2013 ABC 'News breakfast' program, filmmaker Paul Clarke discusses his interest in making a documentary ...

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Rock 'n' roll and Gough Whitlam

How does a rock 'n' roll filmmaker tell the story of one of Australia's most controversial prime ministers? Listen as filmmaker Paul Clarke distinguishes himself from 'serious and worthy' documentary makers in his program about former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. This is the second clip in a series of two.

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Biography: Federation people: John Dunmore Lang

Investigate the prominent Presbyterian minister John Dunmore Lang's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Lang: 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: ...


Divine Service - The House of Freedom Church, Brisbane, 1986: A church community

This clip shows part of an informal Christian service of the House of Freedom Church being held in a suburban home in Brisbane. Worshippers include young children, who are shown seating themselves on the floor in front of a low table on which are a wooden cross and flowers. Other participants are mainly young adults seated ...


The Art of Healing, 2005: Jesus's belly button

This clip shows Eastern Arrernte women from the Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) community in central Australia talking about the murals they painted in the Santa Teresa church and the effect their paintings have had on their community and visitors to the church. Slow-moving close-up shots show sections of the murals in detail, ...


Family at Christmas, 1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of a man with two infants near a Christmas tree, inside an unidentified house in Canberra in December 1958. The kneeling man, presumably the father, and a girl, seated, are watching as a boy on the floor unwraps a gift. On the Christmas tree are electric-powered lights, and a few other ...


'Altar, St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney', 1900-17

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. Probably taken between 1900 and 1917, it shows one of the side altars in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, New South Wales. The ornate altar is built in the gothic style and is decorated ...


German Bible, 1848

This is a leather-bound Bible measuring 24.0 cm x 26.5 cm x 8.0 cm, printed in Old German and published in Germany in 1848.


Prison camp rosary, 1944

This is a rosary made from knotted string and with a silver coloured medallion of a saint tied to one end. Polish civilian Marian Szczepanowski made it in 1944 while he was imprisoned at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, north of Berlin, in Germany, during the Second World War.


The Devil's Playground, 1976: 'Your body is your worst enemy'

This clip shows a group of adolescent Catholic schoolboys showering in a communal bathroom. Brother Francine (Arthur Dignam) enters and pushes open a closed door to find 13-year-old Tom Allen (Simon Burke) showering without his swimming trunks. Brother Francine admonishes Tom for his immodesty. The boys are then shown relaxing ...


The Business of Making Saints, 1994: Mary MacKillop

This clip shows the historic town of Penola in South Australia and the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre. It features interviews with the Ambassador to the Holy See, Michael Tate, and pilgrim Majory Vidot, with narration by Sandy Gore. The story of Mary MacKillop is told through the interviews, which are intercut with ...


The Business of Making Saints, 1994: Flying friar

This clip shows a series of paintings of Saint Joseph of Cupertino who was known as the Flying friar. A voice-over narration and an interview with Brother Joseph Wood (a Franciscan friar) tell the story of the Italian saint who was believed to levitate when he prayed. The clip shows the bedroom of St Joseph of Cupertino ...


Making Venus, 2002: It's all image

This clip shows the board outside the new Sydney premises of film production company Tomahawk Pictures. The camera follows producer Jason Gooden on a tour of the office, during which he comments on the importance of a 'prestigious' office and its symbolic function for his amateur team. Tomahawk Pictures is in the process ...


God's Girls - Stories from an Australian Convent, 1992: Today's nuns

This clip shows women from a Sisters of Mercy convent in country New South Wales, talking about their reasons for taking their vows and why, despite the challenges they face in today's society, they remain true to their vocation. In an interview intercut with archival film footage of a nun in the 1950s working in a professional ...


Torres Strait Anglican priests, mid-1920s-1930s

This black-and-white photograph taken at Moa Island in Torres Strait shows Bishop Stephen Davies, the Anglican Bishop of Carpentaria, with Reverend Joseph Lui and Reverend Poey Passi. Bishop Stephen Davies is seated and wears full bishop's vestments. Reverend Joseph Lui and Reverend Poey Passi are each wearing priestly ...


Brides of Christ, 1991: The possibility of divorce and remarriage

This clip shows a class at the fictitious Santo Spirito Convent School where the Catholic church's position on divorce and remarriage is being examined. A nervous Frances (Naomi Watts) asks her teacher Sister Agnes (Brenda Fricker) about the Roman Catholic stance on divorce and remarriage and is then interrogated about ...


Brides of Christ, 1991: The convent must change

This clip shows Mother Superior (Sandy Gore) inviting the nuns of the fictitious Santo Spirito Convent School to discuss the possible changes in Roman Catholic religious life suggested by the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II). The scene soon focuses on Sister Catherine (Josephine Byrnes), who sees the Vatican guidelines ...

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Asia skills: a taster

This is a video clip produced by the Asia Education Foundation showing a series of Australians talking about how their work and life experience is interconnected with Asian countries and cultures. They include fashion designer Nicole Fraser, sports lawyer James Johnson, arts pproducer Kate Ben-Tovim, grower and exporter ...

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My Indonesia

This is a web page produced by the Asia Education Foundation featuring a series of videos of Australians talking about their intercultural experiences working in and with Indonesia. Topics discussed include health, community development through Surfaid, intercultural arts collaboration and journalism in Asia. There is a ...