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Phar Lap

This is an information sheet about the life and career of Phar Lap, Australia's most famous racehorse. There is also a link to a Phar Lap website.

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Rock band launching opening of Amoco service station, 1970

This is a black-and-white image from a negative depicting a small crowd of teenagers and children watching a rock band perform at the opening of an Amoco service station. The band has five members and is performing on a temporary stage on which the name of radio station 3AK is clearly emblazoned. A sign 'AMOCO' is visible ...

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TV killed the radio star

Can you imagine a time when, instead of watching dramas at home on a screen, people listened to them on the radio - a time when the most popular of those dramas were made in Australia? This Four Corners program from 1964 examines the reasons for the death of Australian radio serials, the role played by television in their ...

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Radio pirates

Imagine life before mobile phones. In this 1973 clip from a Four Corners program, discover the lengths that many determined Australians were prepared to go to in order to communicate through the air waves from their cars and other locations. This was long before the invention of mobiles, video conferencing, social media ...

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Reading between the lines

Test the vision of four people to identify vision problems: myopia, hyperopia or presbyopia. Compare effects of corrective lenses on reading at different distances. Look at a cross-section of the eye showing focal variations linked to a vision problem. Explore how common vision problems are by doing a survey. This learning ...

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Curtin's cablegram to Churchill requesting the return to Australia of the 9th Division AIF, 1942

This is a cablegram from Australian prime minister, John Curtin to his British counterpart, Winston Churchill, on 29 October 1942. Marked 'Most Immediate. Most Secret.', Curtin tells Churchill it is of 'vital importance' that the 9th Division of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), which has been fighting in North Africa, ...

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Changing technology and radios

This is a collection of 20 digital curriculum resources focusing on the development of radio and its effects on people's lives. The collection is organised into three categories - radio in the early years; transistor radios; and changes in radio transmission in the outback. The resources in the collection not only show ...

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Announcement of war, 1939

This is a broadcast made by the Australian Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, at 9.30 pm Eastern Standard Time on 3 September 1939, in which he announces that Great Britain has declared war on Germany and so Australia is also at war. This announcement was the beginning of Australia's involvement in the Second World War.

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The birth of 2JJ in 1975

This is a photograph taken in January 1975. It shows the ABC's first 24-hour-a-day rock station 2JJ. It probably shows the first two presenters, Chris Winter and Holga Brockman.

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Boats and supplies at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 1915

This is a sepia-toned photograph of Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey taken in early June 1915. Boats and barges are moored at several temporary pontoon piers. On the shore are many soldiers, a row of guns and several barrels. The photograph measures 17.1 cm x 27.7 cm.

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Lasho and Mo in a scene from their radio show, late 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph (10.0 cm x 12.5 cm), portraying the Australian comics Hal Lashwood (left) and Roy Rene dressed and made up as their radio characters, Lasho and Mo. The photograph was taken between 1946 and 1949.

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Autographs of participants in the first Empire broadcast, 1927

This is an autograph card on which is recorded the signatures of those who played a role in, and attended, the first Empire broadcast by radio station 2FC, Sydney, New South Wales on 5 September 1927. A handwritten caption at the bottom of the card indicates that the program was broadcast from Sydney to the BBC in London ...

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'Army dogs sniff out mines', 1971 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from an item in a 1971 black-and-white newsreel, Australian Movie Magazine, produced by Fox Movietone (Australia) and Cinesound Productions. The item is titled 'Army dogs sniff out mines'. The soundtrack includes narration, music and sound effects. The film simulates an explosion of a landmine that causes ...

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'Army dogs sniff out mines', 1971 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from an item in a 1971 black-and-white newsreel Australian Movie Magazine produced by Fox Movietone (Australia) and Cinesound Productions. The item is titled 'Army dogs sniff out mines'. The footage shows a German shepherd walking along a bush track, and sitting down when it has located a hidden device. ...

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Listening to the wireless from 'School in the mailbox', 1946

This is a black-and-white photograph of a group of four children seated around a wireless radio on a veranda of an Australian home.

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Winners - Top Kid, 1985: What would you have done?

This clip shows Gary Doyle (Emil Minty), a young radio quiz champion, asking his headmaster (Rhys McConnochie) and Brother Kennedy (Joss McWilliam) about whether it is wrong to 'collude' in a rigged quiz show. The two men advise Gary, who comes from a poor family, to take advantage of the opportunity. Gary arrives home ...

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It's Ruth, 1992: Lux Radio Theatre

This clip shows actor Ruth Cracknell speaking about her first acting job in a radio serial and describing how radio drama was made in front of a live audience. This is intercut with footage taken of a 1948 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast with a live audience watching actors on a stage deliver their lines into a microphone. ...

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Australasian Gazette, c1917: Returned Anzacs

This silent black-and-white clip shows returned Australian First World War soldiers parading through the streets of Melbourne. The placards indicate that the march was an appeal for more recruits to join the Army and it may been in support of the 1916 referendum campaign. The parade comprises marching bands, soldiers in ...

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Speech by Marconi

This is a recording made from a short-wave radio transmission of a speech made by the famous inventor, Guglielmo Marconi, for the opening, on 14 December 1935, of a memorial to Sir Ernest Fisk, a pioneer of wireless in Australia and founder of Amalgamated Wireless Australasia Ltd (AWA).

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Graeme Burgess remembers army training for the Vietnam War, 2006

This is an edited sound recording of a former Australian soldier, Graeme Burgess, speaking about the School of Military Engineering (SME) in Casula in western Sydney where he trained in 1967 before being sent to fight in the Vietnam War. Burgess gives details of the type of engineer training provided at the SME. He also ...